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PSYC3024 Self-Conscious Emotions: Guilt,Shame, Embarrassment, Pride, Nostalgia

Module Overview

This module is designed to familiarize students with the principal theories, concepts, and research methods relevant to the area of self-conscious emotions. The lectures and readings are designed to acquaint students with both classic and current research trends in the area of self-conscious emotions. This module will help students to discover ways in which to apply the subject matter to their day-to-day experiences, and to better understand themself and others. Lectures will include discussion and class presentations. Discussion and class activities are important to class dynamics and the learning environment, and active participation will increase students understanding of the subject matter.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To increase knowledge about theories and research in the area of self-conscious emotions; to critically evaluate theories and research in this area and think creatively about new theoretical directions; and to relate research in the area of self-conscious emotions to other areas of psychology, such as the self-concept, evolutionary psychology, and close relationships.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Students who complete this unit will gain a greater understanding of theory and research relating to self-conscious emotions. Students should be able to evaluate critically the relation between research findings and psychological theory. They should be able to relate their knowledge about self-conscious emotions to other psychological phenomena.

Syllabus

Introduction and overview Shame and guilt Guilt in intergroup relations Self-esteem, hurt feelings, and sociometer theory Unrequited love Social blushing and embarrassment Pride Self-compassion Inspiration Conceptions of nostalgia across cultures Functions of nostalgia Review

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The course will include some lecture but will focus primarily on the discussion of assigned readings and lecture material. Also students will be responsible for presenting readings to the class. These presentations will be followed by class discussions, which will be chaired by the instructor. Students will also maintain a weekly blog, in which they discuss material covered in class

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Blog 14%
Exam 60%
Multimedia presentation 25%
Research Participation 1%

Linked modules

Prerequisites: PSYC2019 and PSYC2020 (or EDUC2043) and EDUC2042

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