Second year of Psychology

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The second year is made up of a number of elective modules, a research project and psychological skills. In the elective modules, there is an emphasis on the combination of psychology and technology.  

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*In the second semester, the modules Research methods & Research project and Psychological & Professional skills run parallel to each other.

Module 5: elective module

For module 5 you can choose one of the three modules offered: 

  • Health Psychology & Applied Technology

    Health and wellbeing are crucial to everyone. How do people deal with acute and chronic conditions? And how can you motivate people to adopt a healthy lifestyle? This module offers an introduction to the theory and practice of health psychology. The focus is on the innovative use of applied technology in various healthcare environments. For example, you will learn how to apply technology to motivate and support people in realising their goals. In the team project you will design and evaluate an online intervention for patients dealing with a chronic somatic disease.

  • Psychology in learning & constructing

    In this elective module, you will investigate what psychology means for education. You will do this by taking on the roles of student, lecturer, researcher and designer, alternately, in theoretical and practical tasks. This will give you vital insight into ways in which people learn, and help you understand how instruction can improve the learning process. You will also learn to take account of differences between people (age, cognitive development and motivation) and common learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. As a part of this module, you will prepare a brief instruction for your fellow students and you will research the learning activities and learning results of lessons set up by your fellow students. You will then use these theoretical and practical experiences in the project, which consists of designing an interactive learning environment and/or reading materials.

  • Psychology of safety

    Protecting the general public and infrastructure against disasters, terrorism, war and crime is vital in almost any society. This module focuses on understanding the psychological and socio-psychological dynamics of safety issues – mainly in the fields of risk, conflict and abnormal behaviour. The goal is that you learn to understand the dynamics of safety issues in order to develop effective interventions. This module will give you new insight into psychological processes, equipping you to influence individual responses to risks and safety issues. You will familiarise yourself with the role of underlying group processes and mass behaviour in the safety domain and with interventions aimed at increasing safety in society. The team project is about diagnosing and analysing both physical and social safety aspects and coming up with effective interventions.

Module 6: elective module

For module 6 you can choose one of the two modules offered:

  • Mental health (clinical psychology)

    This module focuses on people’s psychological health. Psychology traditionally looks at psychological health from the perspective of the medical model and its focus on symptoms and disorders. In this module, we complement this outlook with two other approaches. The first is a ‘Positive Psychology’ approach that looks at psychological health from the perspective of people’s strengths. Strengths are positive features, such as wellbeing, talents and resilience. The second is a person-centred approach that focuses on the experience of people themselves. In this module, you will cover the diagnostic process and carry out a narrative interview. Together with your project group, you will integrate the knowledge and skills that you have gained individually. In the team project you will deal with a patient on the basis of a case study. Together with your team, you will provide a substantiated recommendation on how to use the approaches discussed in this module (complaint and strength, disorder and experience).

  • Human factors & Engineering Psychology

    Psychologists are the people who know the human mind best. That is why their help is urgently needed in designing socio-technical systems that are safe, efficient and user-friendly for humans. This module will prepare you for a career as a Human Factors specialist. First, you will get familiar with the overall ideas and principles of Human Factors and Engineering Psychology, such as cognitive engineering, human-computer interaction, intelligent systems and web design. Then you will explore the four domains in which Human Factors play a crucial role: cognitive engineering, cognitive workload, vigilance and card sorting. You will get to know basic design principles, including, for example, the role of user requirements and the project phases in system development. This module also contains a programming class, in which you will learn to programme your own interactive prototypes and psychological experiments.

Module 7: research methods and research project

In the third module you will learn how to properly set up, carry out and report on academic psychological research. Think, for example, about research on how you can improve people’s psychological health with the help of mobile interventions. In this module’s research project, you will build on the foundation you laid during the first year in (basic) research methods and techniques. This will help you prepare for your graduation project (Bachelor’s thesis) in the third year.

Module 8: psychological & professional skills

In the Psychological & Professional Skills module, communication skills are central. For example, you will learn how to conduct conversations as a psychologist, how to interview and how to present. During this module you will also begin to explore the job market, looking at job opportunities for psychologists and developing your own interests. Both modules 7 and 8 are spread throughout the entire second semester.

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