SOW-PSB2SP05E
Emotion
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB2SP05E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
prof. dr. E.S. Becker
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Lecturer
dr. J.M.A. Driessen
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Examiner
dr. B.C. Figner
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Coordinator
dr. B.C. Figner
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Lecturer
dr. C.P.M. van Halen
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Academic year2018
Period
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
PER2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
At the end of the course you are able to:

1. Understand the function and nature of emotions from biological, cognitive, and social-psychological perspectives and their associated methodological and theoretical approaches (EK 1, 2, 3).
2. Distinguish the role of automatic unconscious emotional processes from that of more controlled conscious emotional processes (EK 1,2).
3. Describe and explain anxiety from the perspective of biological and clinical psychology, including the role of neural and hormonal processes (EK 3).
4. Conceptualise emotions and related processes within the frameworks of evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive science, and decision-making, and adolescent brain development (EK 1,2,3).
5. Systematically analyze an issue that is relevant to the theme from different theoretical perspectives (EK 5,6).
6. Write a well-structured and convincing essay about this issue (EK 5).
Content
Emotions play an important role in everyone's life and everyone is an expert by experience. Nevertheless, it is surprisingly challenging to construct a simple definition of what an emotion is. Emotions can be described both from the perspective of those who experience them and from the perspective of researchers or other observers who try to measure cognition, behavior, or physiology. In this course you will learn how scientists have been thinking about the nature and function of emotions in recent decades. You will be able to understand emotions from different perspectives and different methodological and theoretical approaches, including the role of more automatic unconscious versus more controlled conscious processes. Because anxiety is an important subject in emotion research, we will study this emotion from the perspective of biological and clinical psychology, including the role of neural and hormonal processes. You will also learn about the conceptualization of emotions and related processes within the frameworks of evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive science, and decision-making, and the development of the brain in adolescents.

Exam information
• Essay
• Written exam
Additional comments
Specialty Courses are admissible for Psychology students only. Further information: see Course enrolment in the General Information section.

Prerequisites
• Psychology students who are admitted to the second year (B2)
• The course may not be taken by non-Psychology students
• The course cannot be taken as contract education.

Required materials
Course guide
Course manual Emotion
Book
Keltner, D., Oatley, K. & Jenkins, J.M. (Eds.) (2013). Understanding Emotions (3th ed). UK: Wiley. Note: The course is based on this particular edition. Older editions do not contain all necessary information.

Instructional modes
Interactive sessions
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Videos + discussion, guest speakers, practice research methods

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Question-and-answer seminars

Self-study assignments

Tests
Open answer questions
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3