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The Psychology of Individual Differences


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Joanna Farr
  • Assessment: a one-hour MCQ assessment (30%) and 1500-word final essay (70%)

Module description

The 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.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Theories of intelligence
  • IQ testing and measurements
  • Summary of Essentialist and constructionist approaches to personality
  • Models and treatments of psychopathology, and associated issues (including that of culture)
  • Cultural and critical perspective on individual differences
  • Evaluating therapeutic interventions

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will 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.