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BA Hons French Studies and Psychology

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Psychology
UCAS Code: CR81 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Psychology Director of Studies: Professor SG Condor
Total Credit Points: 390 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 30 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • French

    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    This programme aims:


    To contribute to students' knowledge, understanding and skills in their use of the French language


    To build students' knowledge and understanding of linguistic structures of French


    To develop students' awareness of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where French is used


    To develop students' awareness of the history of France and its relationship with the Francophone world


    To develop students' intercultural awareness and understanding.


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    This degree scheme aims to provide students with a range of specific and transferable skills. The degree scheme provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical, social, cognitive and linguistic skills, as well as knowledge, interests and attitudes that will enable them to move into employment. These skills include:


    -  improving self-management (planning, motivation, initiative, self-reliance, adaptability and ability to work independently)


    - developing team working skills and the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines


    - developing an appetite for learning (reflective, adaptive and collaborative)


    - improving interpersonal skills of listening, negotiating and presentation


    - Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, in professional contexts


    - Learning to transfer linguistic and analytical skills to non-academic spheres of employment in the UK and abroad



    A necessary aim of the Lancaster degree programme is to provide knowledge of psychology that goes beyond the depth and breadth of the Qualifying Examination (QE) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The accreditation of psychology degrees by the BPS is based upon a comparison of the degree scheme with the Societys QE syllabus (see Regulations and Reading Lists for the QE 2002. BPS: Leicester). This syllabus outlines necessary knowledge and skills in core areas of psychology. Degrees are accredited as providing the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) as a Chartered Psychologist and any student wishing to continue training as a Chartered Psychologist requires GBR.


    Further Educational Aims:

    • To give students the opportunity to develop the necessary academic and practical skills to allow them to progress to postgraduate study in psychology.
    • To encourage students to adopt a critical approach to the subject of psychology.
    • To enable students to appreciate the wider context of their specialist knowledge and methodology and the potential applications of their knowledge and skills in their future employment.
    • To encourage the development of transferable skills including the ability to learn independently, understand complex problems and communicate what has been learned to others?.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • French


    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills




    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able to:




    Follow a serious debate or speech in French in the spoken media and communicate the gist of it; construct sophisticated arguments without a script; express cogent opinions on their own society, that of France and global issues, and articulate arguments and/or analyses in French




    Translate advanced passages of French into an appropriate form




    Demonstrate sufficient awareness of aspects of the culture of French-speaking cultures to be able to make connections between language, history, society and culture




    Demonstrate self awareness and sensitivity to diversity in people and cultures, and be more able to apply knowledge of French  speaking cultures in a professional context




    Reappraise their knowledge of British history and culture in light of experience of French culture




    The learning outcomes of the year abroad in a French-speaking country are that students will be able to:




    Demonstrate enhanced levels of proficiency in French and their independence, self-awareness and capacity for decision making




    Depending on the nature of the placement(s), demonstrate the capacity for independent study and/or to acquire professional skills, including for many students the special responsibility of language teaching




    Demonstrate insight into cultural difference and knowledge of history, culture and outlook of French-speaking countries






    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills




    On successful completion of this scheme of study, students will be able to:




    Demonstrate skills of planning and working independently




    Demonstrate team working skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines




    Demonstrate interpersonal skills




    Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a range of different contexts




    Transfer linguistic and critical/analytical skills to non-academic spheres of employment in the UK and abroad




    Handle unfamiliar situations




    Demonstrate effective I.T skills





    Knowledge and Understanding of:

    • concepts and research methods in Cognitive Psychology.
    • the theory, methods and key empirical findings of Physiological Psychology.
    • an advanced understanding of some of the key topics in Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology.
    • theory and research in a number of core areas of Social Psychology.
    • current theoretical issues and research findings in Developmental Psychology.
    • an awareness of key Conceptual issues in psychology and the history of psychology.
    • basic techniques of psychological research methodology and the statistical analysis of data collected in psychological research.


    Intellectual Skills able to:

    • obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate information.
    • interpret and evaluate psychological reports.
    • analyse and interpret psychological data using a range of techniques.
    • plan, conduct, analyse and report a substantial investigation.
    • apply psychological principles and methodologies to seek the solution of problems.


    Practical skills able to:

    • use appropriate statistical packages to analyse data collected in psychological investigations.
    • report investigations in conventional professional formats.
    • use appropriate computer packages and other equipment for the control of psychological investigations.
    • retrieve information from bibliographic sources.


    Transferable skills able to:
    • use information technology to present reports.
    • use information technology to find relevant information.
    • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skill
    • design and prepare projects
    • work independently or as part of a team developing skills of group participation.
    • assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others.
    • manage time effectively and work to deadlines 

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