module specification

PC6060 - Cognition and Emotion (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Cognition and Emotion
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
111 hours Guided independent study
39 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 50%   Presentation
Coursework 50%   Essay (2000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module examines the relationship between cognition and emotion (thinking and feeling) beginning with early philosophical theories of emotion then considering the behaviourist theories of emotion and subsequently current psychological theories of emotion (especially cognitive theories of emotion). Separate theories of normal emotion and disordered emotions will be drawn together to introduce a theoretical framework applicable to both normal and disordered emotions.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The module aims for students to understand philosophical, behaviourist and cognitive  theories of emotion. In addition, students will understand how normal and disordered theories of emotion might be combined to a common framework, capable of explaining both normal and disordered emotions. Additionally students will build on previous critical reading skills and discussion: some sessions will require prior reading of research papers and discussion of these in class time. This will encourage active participation from students, which is useful experience for the workplace, following graduation.


Philosophical theories of emotion, behaviourist theories of emotion, development of a cognitive account of emotion, cognitive theories of emotion, cognitive theories of emotional disorder, SPAARS model, Mood and Memory.

Learning and teaching

An important part of this module is the independent reading required by students prior to class discussion. This will be supported with lecture material for productive class discussion. Students will also be given the opportunity to chair a discussion session as well as take part in an oral presentation, putting forward their ideas to others.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Discriminate between philosophical, behaviourist and cognitive theories of emotion;
  2. Explain key theoretical concepts in this area;
  3. Critically evaluate and discuss research in this area.
  4. Complete 2) and 3) above in an oral presentation.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy demonstrates the learning and teaching strategy described above. The summative assessment for this module consists of one oral presentation (50%) and one 2000 word essay (50%). The oral presentation allows for formative feedback and reflection on performance. Both the oral presentation and essay will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of theories of cognition and emotion. Students will be asked to comment on other students presentations allowing for formative group feedback.

Component Percentage of marks Learning Outcomes
Oral Presentation 50 1, 2, 3 and 4
Essay (2000 words 50 1, 2 and 3



Power, M. & Dalgleish, T, (2015). Cognition and Emotion: From order to disorder. Psychology Press: London [Core]

Journal of Cognition and Emotion
Journal of Emotion
Journal of Applied Psychology
Psychological Review