Intent of Curriculum.
In Psychology, our intent is for the curriculum to allow students to understand how the individual is influenced by a range of factors including genetics, the environment, our cognitive processes and inner desires.
The Purpose of the Curriculum.
Learning Psychology encourages students to become curious about the range of factors which influence our behaviours e.g. the structure of the brain, parenting or past traumatic experiences. Students will understand how a range of mental disorders are created e.g. phobias and Schizophrenia, the effect these have on the individual and appropriate treatments for them. They will explore the reasons why individuals become complicit in horrific incidents in the 20th century such as the Holocaust; how such evil can be committed and to reflect on whether these causes are biological or whether social pressures compel people to do such things. Ultimately, it is hoped that students will be able to evaluate a range of social-biological-cognitive explanations for all types of behaviour and to draw conclusions about behaviours based on a forensic evaluation of research in order to conclude which approaches they view as being the most useful. Students will therefore be able to analyse the world and individuals around them in new ways, incorporating a myriad of approaches and asking questions about the nature of human agency.
|Themes which underpin the teaching of Psychology|
|Psychological explanations||Ways investigating behaviour||Biological explanations||Cognitive explanations|
|The role of conditioning||Qualitative & Quantitative data||The role of genetics||Cognitive neuroscience|
|Influence of peers||Methods used by Psychologists||Neural structures||Schema|
|How behaviour is learnt and imitated||Influence of studies on the economy||Hormones||Disorders|
|The role of the family in shaping behaviour||Influence on science||Trauma||Therapies|
The study of Psychology should introduce students to the science of studying individuals in order to broaden their understanding of human behaviours and the reasons for them. Students will become critical thinkers, engaged with academic literature which develops their cultural and academic capital in order to participate fully in society. Promoting academic success is crucial to the study of Psychology to broaden student horizons and opportunities in their future careers.