module specification

PC6060 - Cognition and Emotion (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Cognition and Emotion
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
50 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
64 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 50%   Oral Presentation
Coursework 50%   Essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

The module aims for you to understand philosophical, behaviourist and cognitive theories of emotion in their historical and cultural contexts. In addition, you will introduced to normal and disordered theories of emotion and how these can be combined into a common framework, capable of explaining both normal and disordered emotions. Additionally, you 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, thus encouraging active participation from you and thus instilling confidence in communicating your views to others. Confidence in communication will be supported via presentation mechanisms, thus supporting the graduate skills expected of you in the workplace upon graduation.

Prior learning requirements



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, fear, sadness, anger, disgust and happiness (LOs 1-3 are covered across syllabus).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

You will gain core knowledge and understanding through the content covered in classes with more understanding and evaluation skills acquired through independent activity. Thus an important part of this module is the independent study required prior to class discussion. This will be supported with lecture material for productive class discussion. Additionally, you will also be encouraged to submit a plan for your presentation and subsequently reflect on the feedback provided, making use of this in preparation for your presentation. Furthermore, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a mock presentation and subsequently reflect on your experience of this before taking part in an oral presentation, which will provide you with the opportunity to communicate your understanding of ideas to others.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you 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 in verbal and written format.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy demonstrates the learning and teaching strategy described above. The summative assessment for this module consists of one oral presentation and one 2000-word essay. 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 and the research on which they are based. Students will be asked to comment on other students’ presentations allowing for formative group feedback. Students must obtain a minimum aggregate grade of 40% across the two assessments to pass the module.