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B.Sc. Psychology: Modules available for international students

Below you find descriptions of the content of all modules available for international students and that are offered in the B.Sc. Psychology. More details (semester, duration, general language of instruction, recommended prior knowledge) can be found in the Study Guide's appendix.

Please take into account that not all courses of these modules are taught in EnglishFor a list of all courses taught in English in the current semester go to: Courses taught in English at the Psychology Department

General and Biological Psychology 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-BP: Biological psychology B-BP: Biological psychology 

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Markus Wöhr) 

    A lecture (B-BPa lecture) offers an introduction to the field of biological psychology and covers biological fundamentals (neuroanatomy, development of the nervous system, principles of electrical and chemical signal transmission, evolution, genetics, endocrinology, immunology), sensory system, motor function as well as biopsychological methods (e.g., behavioral paradigms, monitoring of electrical and chemical activity, peripheral physiology, imaging, methods of brain stimulation and lesion). 
    Another lecture (B-BPb lecture) treats psychopharmacology; homeostasis, hunger, sexuality; sleep, dream, rhythms; learning, memory and plasticity, emotions, stress and health; substance dependence and neuropsychology. 
    The seminar covers current research and important historical empirical research from the field of biological psychology. 
    Students acquire knowledge of the fundamentals, methods and fields of work of biological psychology. Upon successful completion of the module students understand biopsychological concepts, theories and methods and are able to evaluate them. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-WK: Perception and cognition B-WK: Perception and cognition 

    Module Coordinator: Alexander Schütz (Substitute: Anna Schubö) 

    A lecture (B-WKa lecture) covers the physiological foundations of perception, for example psychophysics, visual perception, auditory perception, balance, somatosensory and haptic perception, smell and taste. 
    Another lecture (B-WKb lecture) covers research topics of cognitive psychology such as attention, memory systems (working memory, long-term memory), action control, organisation of knowledge and cognitive control.  
    The seminar covers current research and important empirical research concerning the field of perception and cognition. 
    Students learn about the fundamentals of psychology of perception and cognitive psychology and gain an understanding of the basic elements, concepts and theories. Along with theoretical foundations, students will acquire the basic skills for the planning and execution of psychological experiments. 
    Upon successful completion of the module the students are able to understand and assess important basic concepts, methods and theories from the field of perception and cognition. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-LEM: Learning, emotion and motivation B-LEM: Learning, emotion and motivation 

    Module Coordinator: Harald Lachnit (Substitute: Martin Peper) 

    One lecture (B-LEMa lecture) provides an introduction to learning psychology and covers important theories and concepts such as habituation and sensitization, classical and instrumental conditioning, behavior during stimulus control, behavior under aversive conditions, and extinction. 
    Another lecture (B-LEMb lecture) provides a broad introduction to psychology of emotion and motivation covering - among others - the concepts and theories of homeostasis, energy, learning theory, cognition, neurobiology, the origin and influence of emotion and specific motives like aggression and performance. 
    The seminar covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of learning, emotion and motivation. 
    Students acquire basic knowledge of the history and theories of psychology of learning, emotion and motivation, important research findings, current theoretical perspectives, and research areas. 
    Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to understand and evaluate important basic concepts, methods, and theories from the content of the module. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology I B-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology I 

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    One seminar of choice covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of one narrowly defined topic from the seminar. 
    Students can analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology II B-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology II 

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    Two seminars of choice cover both current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of two narrowly defined topics from the seminars. 
    Students learn to analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and to connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-ENP: Introduction to psychological brain sciences B-ENP: Introduction to psychological brain sciences 

    Module Coordinator: Anna Schubö (Substitute: Rainer Schwarting) 

    This lecture (B-ENP lecture) gives an introduction to cognitive neuroscience and an overview of main topics. The lecture covers research methods in cognitive neuroscience (imaging, EEG/ERP, TMS, methods of animal experimentation; specific test designs, data interpretation), clinical neuropsychology (localization of brain injury, interpretation of functional loss), cognitive functions (perception, attention, executive functions, spatial orientation, actions, memory, language etc.) as well as social and affective neuroscience. 
    Students acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of psychological brain science related to experimental research with humans and animals. Upon successful completion of the module, students understand concepts, methods and experimental findings in psychological brain science and neuropsychological application. They are able to evaluate these concepts, methods and findings critically. 

Statistics and methods 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-MP1: Introduction to psychological research methods and designB-MP1: Introduction to psychological research methods and design

    Module Coordinator: Gunnar Lemmer (Substitute: N.N.) 

    A lecture (B-MP1a lecture) provides an overview of (a) more recent history of scientific psychology and its historic and epistemological foundations, (b) the different psychological sub-disciplines (basic and applied disciplines), typical questions and methodic approaches and (c) the most important research approaches in psychology. Moreover, the lecture covers ethical aspects of psychological research. 
    A second lecture (B-MP1b lecture) introduces the basics of psychological experimental design. Types of hypotheses, quality criteria for empirical studies, internal and external validity, data sources and methods of data acquisition, designs, confounding variables, methodic artifacts and sample size calculation are covered. 
    Students learn about basic terms of psychological methods and experimental design. They gain an overview of the most important methods of data acquisition in psychology and their application in different sub-disciplines. Students gain knowledge about quality criteria and experimental designs as well as their advantages and disadvantages. 
    Students learn that it is necessary to answer psychological questions based on empirical methods and receive a better understanding for opportunities and limits of these methods as well as quantitative (and – as an introduction – qualitative) methods of data acquisition and data evaluation. 
    Upon completion of the module students are able to transmit content-related research questions to concrete experimental designs, to generate empirical hypotheses and develop experimental designs for hypotheses testing. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-MP2: Statistics B-MP2: Statistics 

    Module Coordinator: Gunnar Lemmer (Substitute: N.N.) 

    A lecture (B-MP2a lecture) deals with basics of measurement theory, univariate descriptive statistics, basics of inference statistics (parameter estimation, statistical tests), bivariate descriptive statistics and simple regression analysis. In a workshop which is associated with the lecture (B-MP2a workshop) these topics are explored in depth and demonstrated with real data sets (i.e. by using SPSS). 
    In a second lecture (B-MP2b lecture) statistical tests for change, difference and correlation hypotheses, concrete inferential statistical procedures for evaluation of single and multifactorial designs (incl. repeated measurements) and their non-parametric equivalents are picked out as central themes. In an associated workshop (B-MP2 workshop) these procedures are illustrated with real data sets and the use of appropriate analysis software (i.e. SPSS) is practiced. 
    Students learn important terms, graphic methods and statistical coefficients used for description of data. They gain knowledge about the basics and practice of testing empirical hypotheses on the basis of inference statistics. Besides they get to know about different inferential statistical procedures, their requirements, applicability and fit to empirical questions. 
    Upon successful completion of the module students know how to apply these procedures to real questions and data sets. They are able to analyze their results correctly and to decide which procedure (i.e. parametric or non-parametric) has to be used. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-MP3: Experimental design and analysis B-MP3: Experimental design and analysis 

    Module Coordinator: Gunnar Lemmer (Substitute: N.N.) 

    A lecture (B-MP3 lecture) deals with multi-factorial designs, repeated measures data/within-subject-designs, quasi-experiments, questions of design in evaluation-research, analysis of variance including contrast analysis. 
    Additionally, the Seminar (B-MP3 seminar) deals with reading original articles of psychological research and passing methodological criticism on them. The seminar introduces into scientific working and publishing (“peer-review-system”, research funding, assurance of “good scientific practice”). 
    Students gain knowledge about more complex experimental and quasi-experimental designs and their particular advantages and disadvantages. They are aware of the departmentally political and organizational background of publications in psychological journals (“peer-review”-system etc.). 
    Upon successful completion of the module students are able to anticipate disturbing hypotheses or alternative interpretations and to find solutions. They know how to read and evaluate scientific articles (particularly their “method parts”). 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-TTK: Test theory and test construction B-TTK: Test theory and test construction 

    Module Coordinator: Sarah Teige-Mocigemba (Substitute: Gunnar Lemmer) 

    A lecture (B-TTK lecture) deals with basic principles of classical test theory (objectivity, reliability, validity, side quality criteria) and the stesp of the construction of psychological tests (generation and selection of items, test of reliability and validity). Moreover, there is an introduction into item-response-theory (latent-trait models with dichotomous response mode, latent-class-analysis). 
    A workshop (B-TTK workshop) which is associated with the lecture allows the students to practice steps of test construction with concrete examples, to execute analyses of items, reliability and structure and to interpret their results. 
    Students gain basal knowledge about models of test theory and construction steps of psychological tests. 
    Upon successful completion of the module students are able to execute steps of test construction on their own as well as to evaluate the quality of test procedures by means of their quality criteria and construction principle. 

Social and Economic Psychology

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-AG: Aggression and violenceB-AG: Aggression and violence

    Subject of the module is the appearance, causes and consequences of aggression and violence as well as possibilities for prevention and intervention. The module covers different approaches to the topics that are based on different levels of explanation such as biological and physiological foundations and societal-social influences. Therefore a lecture (B-AG lecture) covers the basics of aggression research and a seminar (B-AG seminar) covers special applications of aggression research.

    The students acquire knowledge of appearance and explanations of aggression and violence. They get familiar with the important moderators and mediators in the development of aggression and violence.

    On completion of the module, students develop an understanding of media influences for the development of aggression and violence. They are able to conduct prevention and intervention programs.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-BMP: Counseling, mediation and preventionB-BMP: Counseling, mediation and prevention

    The module offers an opportunity to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the module counseling and mediation (B-BM). A seminar (B-BMP seminar) covers selected topics related to counseling and prevention. From the field of counseling and prevention the module covers selected topics from counseling and promotion of competences to cope with extraordinary strainful events (e.g. divorce, unemployment, loss by death of a relative etc.). Relating to the topic of mediation a workshop (B-BMP workshop) offers training in various methods of conflict resolution in different settings (e.g. within families, in schools, companies, after crimes).

    On completion of the module students have substantial knowledge and competencies in counseling and prevention and are able to apply mediation techniques adequately.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-SP: Social psychologyB-SP: Social psychology

    Module Coordinator: Christopher Cohrs (Substitute: N.N.)

    One lecture-type course (B-SPa lecture) takes a social cognition perspective and focuses on the individual's orientation towards his/her social environment. Topics are consistency theories, psychological reactance, control and learned helplessness, person perception, attribution, schemas, attitudes and attitude change, self and identity, stereotypes and prejudice, and more.

    A second lecture-type course (B-SPb lecture) focuses on interpersonal relations and individual behavior in group contexts. Topics are interpersonal attraction, close relationships, aggression, helping behavior, cooperation and competition, group performance and group decisions, social identity, intergroup relations, and collective action.

    The seminar covers selected current research topics and/or important historical research studies in the field of social psychology.

    Students acquire knowledge about basic concepts and theories of social psychology, an understanding for the need to test social psychological hypotheses empirically, and an awareness of applications of social psychological theories in society.

    Upon successful completion of the module students are able to apply social psychological knowledge to common social phenomena.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology IB-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology I

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    One seminar of choice covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of one narrowly defined topic from the seminar.

    Students can analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology IIB-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology II

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    Two seminars of choice cover both current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of two narrowly defined topics from the seminars.

    Students learn to analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and to connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-EAO: Introduction to work and organizational psychologyB-EAO: Introduction to work and organizational psychology

    Module Coordinator: Kathleen Otto (Substitute: Sandra Schladitz)

    Based on historical developments in the working environment the lecture provides an introduction to the analysis and evaluation of organizations and work systems as well as to personnel psychology. Practical applications of action-regulation theory, motivational theories, models of workload/strain, and personnel psychology are presented inter alia. One lecture (B-EAOa lecture) covers aspects of organizational psychology. A second lecture (B-EAOb lecture) covers aspects of work psychology.

    Students acquire basic knowledge of people's experience and behavior in organizations and possible effects of working conditions on experience, behavior, and competencies (e.g. task content, organizational form, leadership style). The lectures offer an overview of ways to modify and develop performance abilities. Students acquire basic knowledge of personnel selection and personnel development.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-AOW2: Organizational and personnel psychologyB-AOW2: Organizational and personnel psychology

    Building on the theoretical knowledge of organizational and personnel psychology, students gain knowledge about both the analysis and intervention in organizations (B-AOW2b seminar), and about methods and applications of personnel selection, and personnel development (B-AOWP2a seminar). Specific topics of occupational health management will be discussed.

    Upon completion of the module, students are able to counsel companies and organizations concerning personnel psychological and organizational topics. They are able to conduct work and requirement analysis, which can serve as a basis for interventions in organizational conditions as well as personal conditions. Furthermore they are able to select and apply methods of personnel selection and development.

Educational, Child and Youth Psychology

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-EP: Developmental psychologyB-EP: Developmental psychology

    Module Coordinator: Martin Pinquart (Substitute: Malte Schwinger)

    This module covers the fundamentals of developmental psychology of the life span. Basic concepts and theories of developmental psychology (e.g., theories of learning and socialization, cognitive theories and theories of family development) are outlined and scientific findings about psychological development in specific domains (such as thinking, language, social behavior) are discussed. The first lecture (B-EPa lecture) covers the development during childhood and adolescence. Another lecture (B-EPb lecture) covers the development during adulthood.

    The seminar covers current research and important empirical research concerning the field of developmental psychology.

    Students acquire basic knowledge about psychological development, influential factors and their formability that is needed for working with children, adolescents and adults (e.g., counseling, development promotion, psychotherapy for children and adolescents). Students develop an understanding of important scientific methods of developmental psychology (methodological competence). Knowledge about the influence of developmental psychological theories and findings on sociopolitical topics such as child rearing and measures to promote the child´s best interest and welfare is imparted.

    Upon successful completion of the module the students are able to reflect about the diversity of developmental processes and identify ways to influence these processes.

    The module offers the opportunity/possibility to reflect on their own path of development, handling of negative and positive life events and developmental context (personal competence).

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology IB-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology I

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    One seminar of choice covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of one narrowly defined topic from the seminar.

    Students can analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology IIB-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology II

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    Two seminars of choice cover both current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of two narrowly defined topics from the seminars.

    Students learn to analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and to connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-EKJ: Introduction to child and adolescent psychology: educational and clinical fieldsB-EKJ: Introduction to child and adolescent psychology: educational and clinical fields

    Module Coordinator: Malte Schwinger (Substitute: Hanna Christiansen)

    The basic module provides an introduction to the most important topics of educational psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology.

    Following the history and development of educational psychology, theories and models of situations of learning and teaching as well as relevant areas of application are discussed. In doing so, the field of educational psychology is not restricted to the school context or to children and adolescents as learners, but expands the perspective to professional, university and extra-institutional contexts. One lecture (B-EKJa lecture) provides students with deepened knowledge on the fundamentals of learning and teaching (e.g. cognitive load theory, situated learning). Current research topics (e.g. instruction design, multimedia, judgment in pedagogical contexts, lifelong learning) as well as theories and findings on the efficacy of pedagogical measures (e.g. school benchmarking studies, determinant of school and study success, educational-psychological training programs) are presented.

    Another lecture (B-EKJb lecture) covers the fundamentals of clinical child and adolescent psychology. After introducing the basic concepts, developmental, behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence as well as their possible determinants are presented.   

    Upon successful completion of the module, students are familiar with theories and methods of educational psychology and the basics of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Furthermore they acquire knowledge of current and societal relevant topics in psychology of childhood and adolescence. The students learn how knowledge from the basic subjects (e.g. personality psychology) is applied to psychological practice with children and adolescents and how situations of learning and teaching can be effectively arranged.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-KJ2: Basics in clinical child and youth psychologyB-KJ2: Basics in clinical child and youth psychology

    Apart from an introduction to basic components, paradigms, and research methods of child and adolescent psychology, the module offers an overview of the most important psychological disorders and behavior problems in childhood, and adolescence, and their development (B-KJ2 lecture). The effects of somatic diseases on mental health and psychological development are covered (B-KJ2a seminar). Furthermore the module covers the prevention of these disorders (B-KJ2b seminar).

    The students gain basic knowledge about clinical child and adolescent psychology as science and occupation. They acquire basic knowledge of the most important psychological disorders, their causes and classification. They gain diagnostic competences in working with children and adolescents.

    Upon completion of the module, students have basic skills to counsel both children and adolescents, and to prevent psychological disorders, and behavior problems. Students are able to evaluate clinical-psychological common knowledge (personal competence).

Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-DE: Assessment and evaluationB-DE: Assessment and evaluation

    In one seminar (B-DEa seminar) diagnostic tasks in a field of application, e.g. career aptitude assessment, child diagnostics, forensic-psychiatric diagnostics, etc., are covered in detail. Topics are the design of diagnostic processes for typical tasks in a field of application and assessing the quality of a diagnostic decision.

    A second seminar (B-DEb seminar) covers the fundamentals of evaluation research, evaluation standards, evaluation objects and tasks, methods of effectiveness evaluation, construction and selection of evaluation criteria, and corresponding evaluation instruments, evaluation designs, specific aspects of data analysis, and meta-analysis.

    The students gain knowledge of diagnostic processes in selected fields of application. They are able to design the sub-steps of diagnostic processes and to assess their quality.

    The students gain basic knowledge of evaluation theories, evaluation processes, and methods of evaluation research.

    Upon completion of the module, students have an in-depth understanding of methodological standards of planning, implementation, and analysis of empirical evaluation studies. They are able to classify evaluation questions and to answer them by using adequate methodological approaches. They can anticipate problems during the implementation of an evaluation project and generate possible solutions.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-PP: Personality psychologyB-PP: Personality psychology

    Module Coordinator: Erik Müller (Substitute: Jutta Margraf-Stiksrud)

    The module covers personality and differential psychology; psychodynamic, phenomenological, behavioral, biopsychological, and evolutionary perspectives as well as dispositional perspectives; personality dimensions and methodological aspects. Other topics of the module are intelligence and information processing; correlates of intelligence; fundamentals of behavioral genetics; behavioral genetics of intelligence and personality; creativity; personality disorders and gender differences.

    One lecture (B-PPa lecture) covers the fundamentals of personality psychology. A second lecture (B-PPb lecture) covers intelligence and determinants of individual differences.

    The seminar covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of personality psychology.

    Students acquire knowledge of the fundamentals and research methods of personality psychology, interindividual differences in performance (modeling of intelligence structure, fundamentals and correlates of intelligence, creativity) and interindividual differences in personality (modeling of personality structure, biological fundamentals and correlates of personality, emotion and personality, cognitive-affective entities and personality, concepts of the self in personality psychology, the role of characteristics in the prediction of behavior). The students get to know determinants of interindividual differences (genetic factors, environmental factors, group differences).

    Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to connect theories from personality psychology with psychometric methods, and data sources.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology IB-VGP1: Advances in basic psychology I

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    One seminar of choice covers current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of one narrowly defined topic from the seminar.

    Students can analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology IIB-VGP2: Advances in basic psychology II

    Module Coordinator: Rainer Schwarting (Substitute: Anna Thorwart)

    Two seminars of choice cover both current empirical research and important previous research from the field of biological psychology (B-BP seminar), social psychology (B-SP seminar), developmental psychology (B-EP seminar), perception and cognition (B-WK seminar), learning, emotion and motivation (B-LEM seminar) or personality psychology (B-PP seminar). Emphasis is placed on the detailed study of two narrowly defined topics from the seminars.

    Students learn to analyze specific topics from psychology in-depth and to connect these with other fields of psychology. Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to critically evaluate and appropriately present fundamental findings from the field of psychology.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-PD1: Achievement tests and personality testsB-PD1: Achievement tests and personality tests

    Module Coordinator: Sarah Teige-Mocigemba (Substitute: Erik Müller)

    In the workshop selected test procedures are presented and evaluated critically. Selected procedures are executed and analyzed. The results are interpreted and depicted in short reports.

    Students acquire knowledge concerning specific psychological test methods. They learn how to depict single results of analyses in short reports in a linguistically appropriate way.

    Upon successful completion of the module, students have received practical skills concerning the use of psychological tests and the drafting of short reports. Besides, students gain the ability to evaluate the quality of these procedures concerning the criteria to be measured and to translate these principles of evaluation to different tests.

Clinical Psychology

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-PV: Psychosomatic and behavioral medicineB-PV: Psychosomatic and behavioral medicine

    Personal behavior and experience are of central importance to the development and chronification of somatic diseases. Module content: Presentation of the relevance of psychological aspects in various somatic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic pain syndromes, cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, tinnitus). A lecture (B-PV lecture) covers important psychological basic concepts of behavioral medicine and psychosomatics (e.g. attitudes towards disease, illness behavior, medication compliance). Furthermore psychobiological intersections of the mind and body (e.g. psychoneuroimmunology) are covered. In a seminar (B-PV seminar) specific interventions in behavioral medicine (e.g. changing of the subjective disease model, biofeedback, coping with fear of a relapse or death) will be discussed in more detail.

    Students learn basic concepts of psychosomatics and behavioral medicine. They acquire knowledge about important characteristics of selected somatic diseases that are relevant to the topic, and about major psychological interventions in the field of psychosomatics and behavioral medicine.On completion of the module students are able to assess the application of psychological techniques that are important to the understanding of somatic health and dealing with somatic diseases.
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-EKP: Introduction to clinical psychologyB-EKP: Introduction to clinical psychology

    Module Coordinator: Winfried Rief (Substitute: N.N.)

    The module provides an overview of prevalent psychological disorders; classification and diagnosis systems as well as disorder-specific interventions. Disorders such as depression, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more are covered. The module provides a description, epidemiology, psychological and biopsychological models and interventions for each disorder. Furthermore the module covers research in psychotherapy, backgrounds and scientific foundations of general aspects of interventions. One lecture (B-EKPa lecture) deals with psychological disorders. Another lecture (B-EKPb lecture) covers intervention methods.

    Students get to know characteristic features of prevalent psychological disorders and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as well as advantages and limitations of psychotherapy of specific disorders. The students acquire knowledge of the classification of psychological disorders.

    Upon successful completion of the module, students have gained an overview of evidence-based psychotherapy and know quality indicators of clinical trials.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-KP3: Prevention, intervention, public healthB-KP3: Prevention, intervention, public health

    A lecture (B-KP3 lecture) covers psychological approaches to the prevention of psychological and somatic diseases, the relevance of psychological disorders in the health care system, as well as structural characteristics of health care systems and clinical pathways. A specific disorder (B-KP3a seminar) and a method of intervention (B-KP3b seminar) will serve as an example and will be discussed in more detail.

    Students familiarize with the basic characteristics of successful prevention programs. They gain knowledge about the health care system and the relevance of psychological disorders.

    Upon completion of the module, students can present clinical pathways of various disorders and evaluate these on a scientific basis.

Other

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-EXP: Experimental trainingB-EXP: Experimental training

    Module Coordinator: Alexander Schütz (Substitute: Harald Lachnit)

    In this training (B-EXP training), students plan, conduct, analyze, evaluate and document an experimental or quasi-experimental study. Students are actively involved (i.e. group work, short presentations, laboratory work). Particular emphasis is placed on the teaching of different aspects of experimental research. To develop the research questions, original, i.e. typically English, research papers are read and discussed.

    By gaining first experiences in planning of experimental studies, data acquisition, as well as the analyses, interpretation and documentation of empirical projects, students acquire important skills that are, for example, necessary for successfully writing their bachelor thesis.

    After having successfully completed the module, students are able to recognize problems in implementing psychological research and to propose solutions. Furthermore, they are able to critically evaluate and appropriately document different phases of the empirical process.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen B-FP: Research and publishing in psychologyB-FP: Research and publishing in psychology

    This module prepares students for conducting their own research (like in a Master or Doctoral thesis). The students learn to design psychological research, analyze data and present the results in professional circles and the interested public. The research topics belong to basic or applied psychological research field.

    In one seminar (B-FP seminar) knowledge and skills are trained, which are of practical importance and required for scientific work (like planning and organization of research, advanced techniques for literature searches, research ethics, acquiring grants, problematic statistical cases, writing scientific papers, selection of relevant journals, scientific networking, and carrier issues).
     
    In a workshop (B-FP workshop) students are working in small groups on specific scientific issues and design relevant empirical studies. For these, they obtain artificial data sets, which they analyze ad interpret. The outcomes will be presented in small oral presentations, which are aimed either at a relevant professional circle or an interested public.

    Students acquire broadened knowledge of current research topics in psychology. They develop their ability to phrase research questions as methodological and statistical hypotheses.

    As key qualifications discussion and presentations skills (scientific writing) as well as communication skills and team competence will be promoted. Furthermore students develop their skills in project management, personal management and time management.

    On completion of the module, students are able to read scientific texts critically and apply statistical methods to research questions. They are able to write scientific texts indepently.