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Individual Differences


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Dr Michael Mallaghan
  • Assessment: a one-hour in-class test (40%) and 1500-word take-home essay (60%)

Module description

This module covers topics such as: approaches to personality and intelligence, medical models and the biology of disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, gender differences in psychopathology, and an introduction to systemic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches to psychopathology.

It aims to:

  • provide an introduction to different theoretical and practical approaches to individual differences and psychological disorder
  • illustrate the practice of therapy for psychological disorders through lectures from practitioners
  • contribute to your detailed knowledge of models of psychological disorder
  • provide a detailed understanding of approaches to personality
  • consider issues in relation to the measurement and understanding of intelligence.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • understand principles underlying different approaches to defining and explaining individual differences and psychological disorders
  • describe and explain different treatment strategies for psychological disorder
  • evaluate the rationale behind different approaches, including considerations of treatment outcome
  • understand some of the practical aspects of therapeutic intervention
  • understand different approaches to conceptualising individual differences and personality
  • understand critical issues in the conceptualisation and measurement of intelligence and personality.