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Term 2
SCQF Level
Business, Law and Social Sciences


This module is part of the AHEAD suite of modules and provides an introduction to the core areas of sociological and psychological study.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a broad introduction to the core areas of the disciplines of sociology and psychology and to some seminal studies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of some of the topics falling under the core areas of Psychology as defined by the British Psychological Society.
  2. Describe some seminal studies from the core areas of Psychology
  3. Understand the implication of the findings from seminal psychology studies.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of sociology as a mode of explanation and method of enquiry.
  5. Demonstrate a basic sociological understanding of key issues within the discipline of sociology.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to Psychology

1. Thinking like a Psychologist: The Science of Human Thought and Behaviour. 2. An introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Memory 3. An introduction to Biological Psychology: The Brain 4. An introduction to Social Psychology: Social Cognition 5. An introduction to Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development 6. An introduction to Individual Differences: Personality.

2 An introduction to Sociology

7. Thinking like a Sociologist. The Sociological Imagination. 8.Media, Power and Control. 9. The Sociology of Crime and Deviance 10. Society and Belief Systems 11. Sociology of Gender 12. Key Essay Writing Skills

Teaching and Learning MethodHours
Supervised Practical Activity0
Unsupervised Practical Activity0

Guidance Notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2023/4, and may be subject to change for future years.