London, United Kingdom

Psychology in Action

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module aims to develop students’ psychological literacy, through the cycle of enquiry and evidence.

The module provides an introduction to key conceptual issues, methodological approaches and significant findings in scientific psychology - and their historical backgrounds and the kinds of empirical evidence on which these findings are based.

Students will be encouraged to think critically and evaluate their own behaviour through in-lecture experiments.

A scientific approach will be developed through an appreciation of how empirical data can be used to test competing theories and simple questions will be dissected and examined. Experiencing this cycle of enquiry and evidence will give students the psychological literacy to integrate knowledge across psychology and apply it to the world around them.

Course leader

Dr Daniel C. Richardson is a reader in Experimental Psychology at UCL. Prior to this, he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford; a graduate student at Cornell; and a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have an increased understanding of key conceptual issues in psychology;

Have an awareness of the history of ideas in understanding the mind;

Have gained an appreciation of the range of modern methods in scientific psychology and the ability to apply this knowledge to the real world;

Have gained the ability to think critically about how psychological issues are portrayed in the media.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.