Module Overview

Psychology and Well Being

The aim of this module is for students to have a better understanding of what contributes to our psychological wellbeing. During this module students will learn about the basic principles involved in the study of psychology. Current theoretical perspectives will be explored while considering the social context of wellbeing. Students will be introduced to the concept of cognition and the value of understanding cognitive processes to support service users. Students will also explore strategies to increase positive emotions, motivation and engagement in social care settings.

Module Code

SSSC H1012

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Section 1: Introduction to psychology

Students will be briefly introduced to a selection of theories/perspectives (Behaviourist approach, Psychodynamic approach, Humanistic approach and Biological approach)

Section 2: Health and Well being

Factors that support and challenge wellbeing will be discussed. 1. Key factors including biological, personal, relational, societal, institutional, environmental, and cultural. 2. Mental Health and wellbeing. 3. Affective wellbeing (Happiness). 4. Health Belief Models.

Section 3: Cognition

This section will introduce students to the concept of cognition and cognitive processes. 1. Importance of understanding service user’s cognitive capacity in order to facilitate their engagement 2. Are IQ tests useful? 3. Models of memory.

Section 4: Positive Psychology

Students will introduced to theories and models of well-being within the context of positive psychology. 1. Resilience 2.Empowerment theories 3. Methods used to measure happiness and wellbeing 4.Strategies to increase positive emotions and engagement.

Section 5:Ecological Approach

Students will be introduced to Ecological approach/Systems theory. 1. Childhood health and wellbeing will be explored within the context of the systems of relationships that form his or her environment.2 Bronnfenbrenners Ecological theory will be used as a tool to gain insight into the social environment of service users.

Section 6: Psychology as a Science

In this section students will be introduced to the scientific method in psychology. 1. Steps in empirical research 2. Review a piece of psychological research/evidence based research-nature nurture debate for example twin studies. 3. Ethics in psychological research.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60