Changing Behaviours: A History (Module 27408)

This module will identify, explore and evaluate the production and application of scientific knowledge about human behaviour in the period 1760-2000. 

It will explore the ways in which state and imperial formations conditioned the emergence of modern scientific disciplines and trace the influence of new technologies for understanding and changing human behaviour. A particular focus will be on the emergence of psychology, both developmental and social, and its applications in therapeutic and both formal and informal educational settings.


By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed historical knowledge of scientific knowledge about human behaviour in the period between c. c.1760 and 2000 and its emotional, social and material impact in education settings.
  • Evaluate professional beliefs and practices in at least one area of the behavioural sciences in the period between c.1760 and 2000.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between social policy and one or more of class, gender and ‘race’. 
  • Draw on relevant theory to identify ways that social and cultural values can be accomodated or adapted in educational settings.
  • Investigate sociologically and psychologically informed questions. 
  • Participate effectively in group work.
  • Communicate effectively in seminars, and during group research projects.


20 Credits

Module Lead

Dr Kevin Myers

Contact hours

Lectures (12 hours), Seminars (6 hours), tutorials (12 hours), practical classes/workshops (6 hours), guided independent study (164 hours)


1,000 word case study blog (25%); 1,000 word exhibition blog (25%), 2,000 word essay (50%)

Associated programmes