Aims: To examine, at an advanced level, the in-depth understanding of theoretically influential papers within a chosen specialised area of psychology. To develop critical awareness of advanced theoretical ideas in relation to a background of empirical knowledge. To develop skills for presenting and criticising ideas in written form.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

(a) Read and acquire an in-depth knowledge of important theoretical issues.
(b) Provide an essential summary of a complex theoretical position.
(c) Assemble and articulate empirical and theoretical arguments to criticise a theoretical position.

Some seminars will be given to prepare students for the coursework; however, this course has fewer contact hours than other courses, as it provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent programme of study