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Psychology and Sociology

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:4.00
Study Course Accepted:18.02.2021
Study Course Information
Course Code:MDAK_337LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Psychology; Social PsychologyTarget Audience:Nursing Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Lāsma Reide
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Nursing and Midwifery
The Head of Structural Unit:Kristaps Circenis
Contacts:Riga, 26a Anninmuizas boulevard, mdakatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67061568
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (count)10Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes20
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Secondary school knowledge of social sciences.
To develop students' understanding of the sociological theories, main concepts of social psychology, human socialisation process and the influence of social environment as well as the science of psychology and its relationship to other sciences – human cognitive and emotional sphere and personality.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1The concepts of "psyche" and "psychology". Psychology as a science. Insight into the history of psychology. Schools of psychology and directions. Link of psychology with other sciences. Psychology branches. Mental care specialists (psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatrist).Lectures1.00auditorium
2Intelligence. Intelligence theories. Human cognitive activity (cognitive sphere). Perception, its nature, types and illusions. Attention, its types. Memory and its basic processes, regularities and types. Thinking, its types and characteristics. Thinking operations.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Personality. Personality theories. Key concepts. Personality structure.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Sociology as a science, sociology theories. Historical development of social psychology.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Personality socialisation and its influencing factors.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Social groups and group processes.Lectures1.00auditorium
7The understanding of “I” (James V. concept, modern social psychology beliefs). “I” concepts, identity, self-esteem, level of claims.Classes1.00auditorium
8Motivation. Needs.Classes1.00auditorium
9Emotions and feelings. Biological basis of affective processes. Emotional states. Feelings and their types.Classes1.00auditorium
10Altruistic and anti-social behaviour.Classes1.00auditorium
11Status, its role. Social roles, their types, role conflicts.Classes1.00auditorium
12Attitude and social impact.Classes1.00auditorium
13Seminar – scientific research analysis.Classes2.00auditorium
14Seminar – analysis of an individual’s life course.Classes2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Students carry out an analysis of an individual’s life course assessing the socialisation processes; prepare a presentation relating to these processes and present during the lecture. One scientific research analysis is prepared and presented on the topics of social psychology related to health care.
Assessment Criteria:
Active participation in classes: prepared answers to discussion questions about the current topic of the class and participation in discussions; completion of self-examination tests after each lecture – 20%. Independent work No.1 – analysis of the socialization process. A life interview is conducted and a presentation is prepared, which is presented in a seminar – 30%. Independent work No.2 – analysis of one scientific research. A presentation on scientific research in the field of health care which is presented in the seminar – 30%. Examination – theoretical knowledge test – 20%. The final assessment is given on a 10-point grading scale.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students acquire knowledge of sociology theories, basic concepts of social psychology, human socialisation process as well as the science of psychology, research methods, history, human cognitive and emotional sphere and the personality.
Skills:Students acquire skills in theories of sociology, basic concepts of social psychology and dynamics of the human socialisation process, as well as the basic concepts of general psychology, human cognitive and emotional spheres and basic concepts of personality.
Competencies:Analyse the processes of individual socialisation and personality development. Understand the basic concepts of general psychology, cognitive, emotional and personality processes.
Required Reading
1Mārtinsone K., Miltuze A., Psiholoģija 1. Pamatjautājumi – teorijas un pētījumi, Zvaigzne ABC, 2015.
2Mārtinsone K., Miltuze A., Psiholoģija 2. Personība, grupa, sabiedrība, kultūra, Zvaigzne ABC, 2015.
3Mārtinsone K., Miltuze A., Psiholoģija 3. Lietišķās jomas, Zvaigzne ABC, 2015.
4Ozoliņa Nucho A., Vidnere M., Intervēšanas prasme, Raka, 2012.
5Reņģe V., Sociālā psiholoģija, Zvaigzne ABC, 2011.
Additional Reading
1Mārtinsone K., Sudraba V., Veselības psiholoģija: teorijas un prakses starpdisciplinārā perspektīva, RSU, 2019.
2Paula L., Korpa V., Socioloģija, LLU SZF Socioloģijas katedra, 2010.
3Reņģe V., Personības psiholoģija, Zvaigzne ABC, 2000.
4Laķis P., Socioloģija. Ievads socioloģijā, Zvaigzne ABC, 2005 (2.izd).
5Auziņa R., Personības psiholoģija, Banku augstskola, 2008.
6Pļaveniece M., Škuškovnika D. Sociālā psiholoģija pedagogiem, Raka, 2002.
7Borns L., Russo N.F. Psiholoģija, Raka, 2001.