This part of the EMA is intended to assess your skills of evaluating a claim (that ?psychological research into how people understand their social world has benefited from drawing upon a diverse range of methods?)


Before you start work on this End of Module Assignment (EMA), please ensure that you have read the Assessment Guidance specific to this module and are familiar with the advice in Social Sciences Assessment Information. These sources contain support and guidance that you may need in writing your EMA including, for example, advice on plagiarism, referencing and the marking system. Note that failure to comply with relevant guidance could result in the loss of marks or other penalties.

There are two parts to this EMA. Please note that you must complete both Part 1 (essay) and Part 2 (report).

The EMA contributes 100% towards your overall examination score (OES).

Please be aware that the regulations on word limits and deadlines for EMAs are different from those for TMAs. Check the EMA guidance below, and in the module Assessment Guidance, carefully.

Part 1: Essay (50% of the mark for this EMA)

?Psychological research into how people understand their social world has benefitted from drawing upon a diverse range of methods.?

Evaluate this claim (above), drawing upon examples from across the module to support your answer.

Word limit: 1800 words

Part 2: Report (50% of the marks for this EMA)

Write a brief report relevant to the areas identified in the scenario provided below.

Word limit: 1200 words


You are working as a junior researcher as part of a team of psychologists. The Syrian war has resulted in migration of large numbers of refugees from Syria through Europe. A small number of refugee families have now arrived in the UK and are in need of psychological and social support, while adjusting to life in the UK and recovering from the trauma of war and migration across Europe.

You are approached by a newly established Refugee Task Force (RTF) who have been set up by a charity to support refugee families (adults and children). There are two main areas of support needed. The first part of the support needed is help for families to address the consequences of trauma. The second part of support needed is to understand how families are likely to adjust to life in the UK.

The RTF is seeking an understanding of the challenges, and how and where one might intervene psychologically to meet them. Working with traumatised populations is sensitive and the task force wants to know what type of risks there may be in offering interventions.

As the board of the RTF are not psychologists, before commissioning a more detailed report and plan for services, they are asking for a short explanation and discussion of how and when self-help programmes might be useful for helping Syrian refugees dealing with their experiences. This explanation and discussion should cover the main psychological issues and some brief recommendations for the type of interventions needed.

On the following pages you will find:

a list of learning outcomes addressed by this assignment

student notes for each part of this assignment

a checklist to ensure you have done everything required for this assignment.

Learning outcomes

This EMA assesses the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

Understanding of a wide range of basic psychological concepts and an appreciation of how they apply to everyday life.

Understanding of how psychology addresses issues of diversity, difference and social functioning.

Cognitive skills

Ability to describe and evaluate a range of key concepts in psychology.

Ability to construct arguments based on psychological theories and research findings, recognising the significance of differing approaches and subject positions.

Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different theories and methodologies in psychology, and the relative value of different sources of data and information.

Key skills

Ability to carry out directed literature searches to identify a range of sources of information, and apply appropriate criteria to select relevant material for specific purposes.

Ability to communicate psychological knowledge in a variety of formats suitable for both traditional academic audiences and wider, non-academic audiences.

Ability to apply an appropriate referencing system.

Practical and/or professional skills

Production of written work that shows evidence of independent judgement in answer to a set problem.

Use and recognition of critical, evaluative, practical and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills that are highly transferable to the workplace and other settings.

Student notes for part 1


This part of the EMA is intended to assess your skills of evaluating a claim (that ?psychological research into how people understand their social world has benefitted from drawing upon a diverse range of methods?), and using your judgement to select appropriate material to evidence and support your arguments.

You will need to give careful consideration to what is meant by ?psychological research into how people understand their social world?, and then present some carefully selected material that allows you to back up your evaluation of the claim that this research ?has benefitted from drawing upon a diverse range of methods?.

You are explicitly asked to draw upon examples from across the module to support your answer. A particular challenge of this essay is to select appropriate examples from a potentially very broad range of relevant material, from across the module topics.

Command words

The command word in the essay question is evaluate. This means that you will need to make an appraisal of the worth, validity and/or effectiveness of the claim that is stated within the question (that ?psychological research into how people understand their social world has benefitted from drawing upon a diverse range of methods?).

To evaluate the claim itself, you will need to discuss some different methods in psychology, selecting appropriate examples to answer the question as set, and evaluate how beneficial these methods, and the research which has used them, have been.

Tips for writing

The essay question specifically asks you to draw on examples from across the module, so when selecting which material to include make sure you demonstrate a breadth of knowledge (e.g. don?t draw exclusively or very heavily on just one book chapter or module week, no matter how interesting you find it).

Given the claim you have been asked to evaluate, you need to give a good range of examples illustrating the use of different methods. Don’t, for example, focus exclusively on one method, or two very similar methods. A good range of psychological research methods have been covered within the module, and it is your job to pick relevant examples of research that have used these, in order to answer the question.

You may find it useful to think of the claim you have been asked to evaluate as having two key parts:

a) psychological research into how people understand their social world has drawn upon a diverse range of methods

b) this has been beneficial.

Remember to focus on evaluating both parts (a and b) of this claim in constructing your answer.

It would be appropriate for you to draw on additional material that you have found in your independent study time to help illustrate your points, such as recent research papers that you might have found through the Open University Library. However, you should make sure that you use these to support points that are based on examples from within the module, rather than introducing entirely new topics or area


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