The Freshman years
The Junior and Senior Freshman (first and second) years of both the Single Honor and TSM programmes provide a broad foundation on which more advanced course work is built in the Sophister (third and fourth) years. In addition, modules in methodology and statistics enable students to develop their research skills in a systematic fashion. Training in academic skills is also provided which enable you build the skills required to write essays and to develop independent, critical thinking.
As a Freshman student, you will take foundation level modules in a range of areas such as:
- Introduction to psychology
- Social psychology
- History of psychology
- Psychological disorder
- Developmental psychology
- Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Behaviour
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Personality & Individual Differences
You will also be given the opportunity to take module/s from the Broad Curriculum options (see p. 18 or www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).
Research methods, statistics and laboratory practicals
Modules in research methods and statistical analysis and in laboratory practicals are provided in the freshman years. These will enable you to understand the different research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) upon which psychology is based and will prepare you for planning, conducting and communicating your own research. Some of the practicals relate specifically to the foundation courses allowing you get hands-on experience of carrying out research in different areas of psychology. For example, you may be asked to carry out an observational study task which allows you to apply the theory you have learned in the developmental psychology module. Other practicals concentrate on statistical description and analysis and key research-related skills, such as literature searching.