SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C824252
Module Leader Lana Ireland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Foundations in Psychology, or equivalent module at level 1.

Summary of Content

This module will explore cultural differences and similarities in the psychological understanding of major global political issues including poverty, gender (in)equalities, mental illness, politics, racism, terrorism, disasters and pandemics. Throughout the module, attention will be paid to conceptual differences, historic and modern, across and within cultures. Similarly, there will be a focus across the module on psychological interventions and culturally-appropriate applications of these.


The early stages of this module will provide an introduction to the psychological and cultural approaches and perspectives that will be referred to throughout the trimester, and an overview of interventions. Psychological contributions to various global political issues will be covered. These topics will include poverty, gender, mental health, religion, racism, terrorism, disasters and pandemics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:1. Understand cultural differences and similarities in global psychological concepts and approaches.2. Demonstrate ability to speak about global political issues, and various psychological perspectives on these. 3. Appreciate key factors involved in psychological intervention design and implementation across a range of domains.4. Utilise modern methods of audience engagement, such as infographics and digital story-telling, to optimise reach and impact of their work.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Blended learning approaches will be used throughout this module, with both online and face-to-face learning such as videoed lecture resources and class-based discussions and research projects. Students will receive information on central topics, and will then research further local and topical information in class time to share and discuss with their peers. Independent and co-operative learning is encouraged, students are able to learn at their own pace, and build on their research and debating skills.

Indicative Reading

Cottam, M. L., Mastors, E. Preston, T. and Dietz, B. (2015). Introduction to Political Psychology, 3 rd Ed. Routledge. ISBN-10: 1317371658; ISBN-13: 9781317371656 Stevenson, A. (2009). Cultural Issues in Psychology: A Student's Handbook. UK/USA: Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415429234; ISBN-13: 978-0415429238

Transferrable Skills

Ability to talk about global political issues from a variety of psychological perspectives. Enhanced employability through group working skills; enhanced digital capabilities e.g. construct of infographics, building a learning resource through digital story-telling approach. Confidence in debating contentious subjects, in online forums and face-to-face.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 48.00
Independent Learning (FT) 92.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Digital Story Telling Project
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Individual infograph construction (plus 1000 word rationale)