Reflective Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
12 December 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C890 Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C89B Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their reflective awareness and the capacity to use psychodynamic understanding in relation to themselves and the groups they are in.

They will learn to apply their growing grasp of psychodynamic theory to their own experience and to develop their appreciation of the role of unconscious and emotional communication in ordinary life. This will enable them to become more subtle in their understanding of the meaning of what they themselves bring to the learning experience. It will enable them to reflect on their own process in groups and to become more self-aware.

Reflective practice is represented by the following components: attending Reflective Groups, maintaining a Reflective Journal and, as a specific end of year assignment, writing a Reflective Report. These activities encourage and support the conscious use of self (self-awareness) in social and professional relationships, the experience of 'learning from action' and a recognition of oneself as a 'participant observer' in different contexts.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
* To increase awareness of the role of emotional communication and the unconscious in one's own and other's experiences
* To develop employability skills through greater self-awareness
* To establish a reflective space for acknowledging and processing the emotional and psychological implications of the material studied on this course
* To develop the capacity for self-reflection and an awareness of the influence of one's own processes and personal experiences

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
* Greater ability to observe detail and to perceive subtle indications of emotional and unconscious dynamics in themselves and others
* Experiential familiarity with the role of conscious and unconscious mechanisms in relationships and the learning task
* The capacity to reflect on one's own process in groups and in the learning process
* To be increasingly reflexive and recognise the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and lived experience

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will attend periodic reflective groups, providing and experiential component to their academic studies, in which they will be asked to reflect on and discuss the experience of being in the group and on the course. They will keep a reflective log through the year and use this as the basis for a reflective report at the end of the course. Alongside their final year dissertation, these groups support students in integrating all the varied aspects of their studies and experiences, to consider how they have changed and developed and where this now leaves them as they consider the transition from university into the next phase of their lives and employment.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Reflective journal extracts    30% 
Coursework   Reflective report    70% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Julie Walsh, email:
From Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administration 5A.202; telephone 01206 874969;



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
40 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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