Rethinking Undergraduate Psychology Programs: New Goals and Directions

[Speaker] Goh, Chee-leong:1
1:HELP University (Malaysia)

Traditionally a psychology undergraduate degree has been seen as providing a foundation for students to pursue their specialist training or research degrees at the postgraduate level. The reality however, in most countries in the developed and developing world, is that the majority of undergraduate psychology students are now proceeding directly to the workforce following the completion of their bachelor's degree qualifications. Furthermore, in emerging psychology markets in Asia, the variety of job options now available to psychology graduates has been growing exponentially over the last 10 years, with each demanding slightly different skill-sets. This presentation will explore ideas on how psychology departments can adapt its curriculum in terms of content as well as teaching process and assessment, to meet these new realities. These include realigning learning outcomes, integrating transferrable skills into psychology modules and the introduction of new career pathing processes.
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