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Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck was formed in 2000 to investigate a wide range of issues of contemporary personal, social and political concern. We have continued to work at the interface of theory and practice.
Our staff members are currently involved in researching a wide range of psychosocial phenomena, and contributing to debates in a number of disciplinary domains. For example:
- violence, state violence and conflict
- intimacy, kinship, care and personal life
- human rights, social responsibility and helping behaviour
- public cultures, social movements, citizenship and social identities
- postcolonial urban cultures and histories of ‘race’ and racism
- gender, sexuality and feminist histories and theories
- theories of emotional development, psychic change and ageing
Methodologically, the commitment is to the major importance of theoretical work, and empirical work in the qualitative traditions that have emerged in the wake of poststructuralism, including the development of new and innovative psychosocial methods.
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On this Master’s degree we explore the links between education and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context. Read more
This Master's degree will give you an understanding of the methods and findings from contemporary health and from affective and clinical psychological sciences, including applied neuroscience. Read more
There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Psychodynamic counselling has been taught at Birkbeck now for over 40 years. Read more
Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, this part-time, day-time course teaches you the essential knowledge and skills of psychodynamic counselling, with particular emphasis on its application to children and adolescents. Read more
Established in 1996, this Master's degree in psychodynamics provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. Read more
This programme introduces you to substantial strands of psychosocial theory. theory that proposes different ways of understanding the interrelationship between the development of subjectivity and identity, and historical and contemporary social and political formations. Read more