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BA in Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling (Full Time)

Birkbeck, University of London

Bachelor Degree , Social Psychology

Course Description

This programme combines the burgeoning, innovative and multidisciplinary field of psychosocial studies with an exploration of the principles that underpin psychodynamic counselling. You will explore social processes and experiences, including key ideas such as love, hate, power and change, while also studying the principles that underpin the practice of psychodynamic counselling. You will also look at how individual identity, including unconscious structures and dynamics, are developed in conjunction with, and do not exist apart from, the social categories and processes that shape our experience of who we are.

The course is designed for those who want to understand the psychological and social dynamics and structures that create our social identity and to undertake a preparatory study of the practice of psychodynamic counselling, as a means of engaging directly with other people. One of the programme’s distinctive features is that it explores some of the key assumptions and principles of psychodynamic counselling, including how psychodynamic counsellors and therapists work clinically, from a psychosocial perspective.

The programme has also been designed to facilitate the development of your self-awareness and emotional sensibility, alongside the acquisition of intellectual knowledge, which could help you develop your personal interest or professional aspirations in any number of areas within the caring professions. It has been designed for students who are interested in a future career in psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy, or those who wish to apply the principles and methods of psychodynamic counselling to their work or their lives.

This programme is also available for part-time evening study over four years.

This programme combines the burgeoning, innovative and multidisciplinary field of psychosocial studies with an exploration of the principles that underpin psychodynamic counselling. You will explore social processes and experiences, including key ideas such as love, hate, power and change, while also studying the principles that underpin the practice of...

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Course Content

The programme consists of 13 core modules, worth 15 or 30 credits each, to a total of 360 credits.

Nine of these modules are taught with students from Birkbeck's BA Psychosocial Studies. They cover key topics in psychosocial studies, including love, intimacy and care, violence and hate, power and resistance, social and personal change, and psychoanalytic and social theory. Some of these are also fieldwork modules that will develop your group-based skills and involve you in exploring the everyday physical and digital worlds we live in.

The other four modules teach the principles of psychodynamic counselling.  This is done through an exploration of the dynamics of helping others, together with a study of psychoanalytic theory as applied in psychodynamic counselling with individuals and to an understanding of organisational dynamics in work settings.

Learning in these modules is both academic and experiental, in order to facilitate the development of self-awareness and emotional sensibility  alongside intellectual knowledge.

YEAR 1 MODULES

  • Hate: On the Power of the Negative
  • Love: an introduction to psychosocial studies
  • Observation and the Everyday
  • Power

YEAR 2 MODULES

  • Bodies
  • Creative Archives (fieldwork)
  • Psychoanalysis and Social Theory
  • Sexuality
  • Urban Multicultures

YEAR 3 MODULES

  • Clinical Issues and Group Processes
  • Helping Others
  • Psychoanalytic Understanding of Groups and Organizations
  • Psychodynamic Method and Group Processes

The programme consists of 13 core modules, worth 15 or 30 credits each, to a total of 360 credits. Nine of these modules are taught with students from Birkbeck's BA Psychosocial Studies. They cover key topics in psychosocial studies, including love, intimacy and care, violence and hate, power and resistance, social and personal change, and psychoanalytic and social...

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

UCAS TARIFF POINTS

96

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. UCAS TARIFF POINTS 96 The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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