Discover Psychology: Mind your Body
Full course description
At the start of their Bachelor’s, students often do not yet have a clear idea of what psychology has to offer in terms of content. Discover Psychology (see general description of module IPN1029) is meant to help students find their bearings in the field. Students have the opportunity to explore a specific theme, by choosing between numbers of brief courses, provided by staff members from various departments. In addition, students are introduced to the research that is begin carried out by the different departments within FPN; several Professors are invited to tell students about their line of research within our faculty.
The elective track ‘Mind your Body’ highlights the role of having a positive or negative body image, focusing primarily on the role that the (mass) media play in this process. A negative body image can cause a whole range of additional psychological problems, including depression and eating disorders. How does a negative body image develop? How can this be worsened, or improved? What is the role of your family and friends in this? And could a positive body image have very positive effects on our life?
- will be able to name and describe classic themes/theories within psychology, including the psychology of body image;
- will be able to describe the role of a positive or negative body image and how the media influence body image;
- will be able to better understand, analyse and evaluate the published research and research methods in the domain of body image.