I have taught on a range of psychology courses in English universities for the last 15 years. Although I love most areas of psychology my main interests lie in social and forensic psychology. I am also passionate about optimising the student experience, and have conducted research in this area for a number of years.
I currently co-teach on an upper year psychology course, PSYC 397 - The History of Modern Psychology, and run PSYC 342 - The Psychology of Social Influence. This course examines seminal research in the area, and also applies findings from this research to understanding influence in contemporary society, e.g. the use of psychological warfare in relationships, brainwashing, and the potential for misuse of social influence in politics. Because the literature often focuses on the negative impact of social influence, the course redresses the balance using pro-social behaviour in an experiential learning activity. The students work in groups to design an awareness raising activity, for example this year the topic was the prevalence of mental health issues in Canadian prisons. This activity also provides students with the opportunity to develop essential work-place skills such as cooperating with others, strategic planning and creative thinking.
The Castle is a fantastic place to take this course, as the small classes sizes mean everyone gets to know each other. Also the atmosphere here is wonderful - everyone is so supportive and passionate about the student learning experience, and there is a strong community spirit. All this plus a stunning environment - who could not love working and studying here!