PA218-5-SP-CO:
Personality Development

The details
2023/24
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
24 August 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(PA210 or PA208) and PA211
(none)
(none)

 

PA257

Key module for

DIPLC89A09 Psychodynamic Approaches,
DIPLC89A24 Psychodynamic Approaches,
MA C89D36 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (3 year),
MA C89D48 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (4 year),
MA C89DFD Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (3 year)

Module description

This module gives you an outline of child, adolescent and adult development through the lifecycle. There is an emphasis on how individuals acquire the emotional capacities for good relationships, effective learning and emotional well-being, and what can interfere with these. Each phase of life will be studied to bring out the psychological challenges faced, the emotional and developmental tasks which present themselves and typical defensive manoeuvres, using psychodynamic understanding to explore the developmental issues and possibilities as we move through our lives. The theoretical texts are drawn from psychodynamic and attachment literature.

Module aims

The aims of the the module are:
* To understand the foundations of emotional development as they are laid down in early life
* To understand the effect of these early experiences on later social, relational and learning capacities
* To understand the importance of attachment to emotional development
* To understand the implications for later clinical work with clients of an understanding of their developmental stage
* To understand the implications for clinical work of an understanding of the early roots of their difficulties

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
* Be familiar with the key stages of personality development.
* Have a familiarity with attachment theory.
* Have familiarity with the psychodynamic understanding of emotional and relational development.
* Show awareness of the implications of pre-birth factors and early environment for later work with clients.
* Have the capacity to apply a developmental perspective to clients' difficulties.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There are 10 week of seminars of 2hrs' duration. Students will read texts on the psychodynamics of human development before the seminar and come ready to discuss them with the tutor and each other. Experience from personal and workplace interactions will enrich the learning. In some seminars students will take turns to present key elements from the week's texts and/or the tutor will take the lead in introducing and organising the learning. Seminars may include workshops and other exercises.

Bibliography

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   Essay   27/03/2024  100% 

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
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Joanne Emmens, email: je23897@essex.ac.uk.
Student Administrator 5A.202; Telephone: 01206 873745; email ppspgt@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Mr Mike Keating
Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Head of Training
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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.

 

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