The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
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

Throughout the year students will be pursuing a research project based on a subject of their choice. This can be either theoretical or empirical, involving interviews or observations. There will be an introductory seminar to help with choosing the project, followed by a proposal presentation to the group/tutors and two to three supervision meetings with a named member of staff to monitor progress and offer support.

Students will draw on the theory from the three years of the course and apply these to a subject of their choice, exploring the conscious and unconscious dynamics involved.

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

Developed greater capacity for independent learning

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Four 1h seminars taught by staff in collaboration with the people from relevant university services (Talent Development Centre and Library). There will be a seminar in which students will present their dissertation proposals to their peers and staff. Individual supervision on projects approximately once a term.


  • Smith, Karen; Todd, Malcolm J.; Waldman, Julia. (2009) Doing your undergraduate social science dissertation, London: Routledge.
  • Greetham, Bryan. (2014) How to write your undergraduate dissertation, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. vol. Palgrave study skills
  • Ridley, Diana. (c2012) The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students, London: SAGE. vol. Sage study skills

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 Weighting
Coursework   Dissertation proposal    20% 
Coursework   Dissertation    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Raluca Soreanu, email:
Student Administrator, 5A.202, telephone 01206 87 4969, email



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 8 hours, 8 (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).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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