Long Essay

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
26 August 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA LX5C Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations

Module description

Students will write a long essay on a subject of their choice relating to the core focus of the TCTO programme, i.e. Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations.

Module aims

The module will enable you
• To demonstrate intellectual independence and originality by choosing your own subject of study and defining its nature and scope
• To experience the process of producing knowledge and conducting independent enquiry in a specific area of interest to you
• To consolidate your written communication and intellectual skills by presenting the results of your research in a clearly written, cogently argued, logically structured and properly referenced way.
• To pull together the learning and experiences from the course and apply them to a topic of your choice
• To develop greater confidence in the flexible application of psychodynamic understanding

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have:
• Deeper awareness of the theoretical application and relevance of psychodynamic enquiry into areas of interest
• Better capacity to apply learning flexibly
• Knowledge of basic research skills such as literature searches and construction of longer and deeper argument
• Knowledge and application of critical analysis in research
• Developed greater capacity for independent learning

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Four 1 hour seminars taught by staff in collaboration with the people from relevant University services (Talent Development Centre and Library). Towards the end of the Autumn term, all students will have to present their research proposal. From then on, students will be supervised on an individual basis.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Long Essay proposal  28/11/2023  20% 
Coursework   Long Essay  08/05/2024  80% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Magda-Agata Schmukalla, email:
Student Administrator, 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969, email



External examiner

Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Available via Moodle
Of 6 hours, 6 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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