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BA Hons Spanish Studies and Psychology


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Psychology
UCAS Code: CR84 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Psychology Director of Studies: Mr SJ Agius
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

  • The degree aims to develop fluency in Spanish alongside a detailed focus on the culture, society, history and politics of Spainf. In the Psychology component, students are helped to gain a thorough understanding of the principles of Psychology and study more specific areas and research methods. The degree commences with courses including Spanish Studies (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced); Understanding Psychology, and Investigating Psychology. Second second-year subjects include Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Spanish Language: Oral Skills and Spanish Language: Written Skills. In the third year, the degree features a a Residence Abroad. In the fourth year students finish their degree with, for example, modules such as Brain and Behaviour; Personality and Individual Differences; French Language: Oral Skills, and French Language: Written Skills.

    Spanish Studies component:


    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

     

    This programme aims:

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    To develop students' awareness of the history of Spain and its relationship with the Spanish-speaking 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
     

    Psychology component:

    Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and non-human animals act in the ways they do. The discipline spans studies of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human relationships. Psychology's methods of enquiry have developed from philosophy, biology and other natural, social and mathematical sciences. Psychology is a broad subject area that attempts to analyse and explain behaviour in a systematic, reproducible way. There is a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and empirical data, with results that have applications in education, health, industry and commerce and other situations.

    The aim of the Psychology degree is to provide students with a thorough grounding in key areas of contemporary psychology.

    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    In sum, the degree aims to:

    Offer students a thorough grounding in key areas of contemporary psychology.

    Provide students with the opportunity to study in depth important areas of psychology that are taught by staff who are research active in those areas.

    Offer students a range of different learning environments and forms of assessment.

    Enable students to formulate, investigate, analyse and evaluate psychological questions.

    Give students the opportunity to acquire the intellectual and practical skills required for postgraduate study in psychology.


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Develop numeracy and analytic skills that can contribute to success in a range of future careers.

    Develop students' skills when communicating in different formats, such as written reports and reviews,, essays, posters, press releases, and oral presentations, and to communicate more effectively in general.

    Enhance students' ability to work as part of a group on different kinds of problems.

    Improve students' organisation of their time and their ability to work and learn independently.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Spanish Studies component:

     

    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 Spanish 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 Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, and global issues, and articulate arguments and/or analyses in Spanish
     

    Translate advanced passages of Spanish into an appropriate form
     

    Demonstrate sufficient awareness of aspects of the culture of Spanish-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 Spanish-speaking cultures in a professional context
     

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


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

    Demonstrate enhanced levels of proficiency in Spanish 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 Spanish-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


    Psychology component:

    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    Demonstrate knowledge of key theories, findings and methods in core areas of psychology including cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and appropriate contemporary forms of data analysis.

    Describe and evaluate diverse psychological methods, theories, and evidence.

    Generate, explore, and develop hypotheses and research questions.

    Carry out empirical studies drawing on a variety of psychological methods

    Use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse data from psychological investigations.

    Present and evaluate research findings.

    Plan, conduct and report a substantial piece of independent empirical research including: defining a research problem, formulating testable predictions, choosing appropriate methods, planning and conducting data gathering, demonstrating an awareness of the ethical issues and codes of ethics, evaluating data, and producing a professional report.

    Employ evidence-based reasoning when presenting, interpreting and evaluating psychological research.

    Use some psychological tools such as experimental software and psychometric instruments.

    Discuss primary research literatures in currently active areas of psychological research.


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    Communicate effectively orally, graphically, and in writing.

    Interpret and use both quantitative and qualitative data effectively.

    Critically interrogate data, ideas, and the relationships between them.

    Use standard computer packages including at least one statistical package.

    Demonstrate the ability to plan their work, meet deadlines and manage their time effectively.

    Problem-solve including identifying and posing problems, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes.

    Learn independently including the ability to seek out, retrieve, analyse and synthesise information.

    Engage in effective teamwork showing sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors.

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