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Social Intervention Psychology

Overview

Aims

The aim of the Master’s in Social Intervention Psychology is to prepare graduates in psychology for professional practice in the field of psychosocial and community intervention. Therefore, it is career-oriented

  • Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through active learning, which will promote the application of the acquired knowledge under the supervision of practicing professionals, while at the same time encouraging independent and autonomous learning.
  • It will foster students’ personal reflection when faced with difficult social situations, from an ethical and socially responsible perspective. The aim is to enable them to function as competent and autonomous professionals capable of questioning reality, seeking innovative answers and express their conclusions and the underlying principles.
  • On completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped with the specific competences that will enable them to perform the professional tasks of social intervention psychologists described by the Spanish Psychological Association, through an in-depth knowledge of professional techniques, strategies and tools in various fields. These competences are described in the relevant section.


Research

Following Kurt Lewin’s historical legacy of action research, the tension between scientific knowledge and the resolution of social problems is considered essential. Therefore, research is not conceived as a strictly academic activity but as a necessary function to be performed by any professional psychologist in the social intervention area, that is, as a competence inherent in professional practice itself.

This Master’s degree mainly seeks to promote the ongoing development of theoretical and empirical knowledge, both basic and applied, in the field of social psychology. In this way, graduates can progress to a PhD programme in Social Psychology.

 

Human rights defence

This Master’s programme especially focuses on the respect and defence of human rights, democratic principles, equal opportunities between men and women, solidarity, universal access and design for all, promotion of a culture for peace and respect for religious and cultural diversity and plurality, by identifying the way in which social psychology can contribute to protecting and developing them, especially for people at risk of social exclusion.

 

Professional psychologists in social and community contexts

This Master’s degree does not only equip students with the current range of tasks, procedures, techniques, and tools used by psychologists in the social context but it also seeks to transform that professional reality and make progress in developing a role to be achieved.

 

Deeply-rooted in society

To achieve this goal, we have the cooperation of a number of both private and public bodies and professional psychologists, all of whom have extensive proven experience in care, teaching and research, and who share the innovative perspective of this teaching Project.

Thus, this Master’s programme is not only deeply rooted locally but it also focuses on international experiences and best practices. This has led us to make partnerships with a number of foreign universities such as José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador and Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago de Chile, both Jesuit universities in America that have postgraduate studies in this field of Psychology and share elements of identity and values with the University of Deusto.

Overview

Aims

The aim of the Master’s in Social Intervention Psychology is to prepare graduates in psychology for professional practice in the field of psychosocial and community intervention. Therefore, it is career-oriented

  • Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through active learning, which will promote the application of the acquired knowledge under the supervision of practicing professionals, while at the same time encouraging independent and autonomous learning.
  • It will foster students’ personal reflection when faced with difficult social situations, from an ethical and socially responsible perspective. The aim is to enable them to function as competent and autonomous professionals capable of questioning reality, seeking innovative answers and express their conclusions and the underlying principles.
  • On completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped with the specific competences that will enable them to perform the professional tasks of social intervention psychologists described by the Spanish Psychological Association, through an in-depth knowledge of professional techniques, strategies and tools in various fields. These competences are described in the relevant section.


Research

Following Kurt Lewin’s historical legacy of action research, the tension between scientific knowledge and the resolution of social problems is considered essential. Therefore, research is not conceived as a strictly academic activity but as a necessary function to be performed by any professional psychologist in the social intervention area, that is, as a competence inherent in professional practice itself.

This Master’s degree mainly seeks to promote the ongoing development of theoretical and empirical knowledge, both basic and applied, in the field of social psychology. In this way, graduates can progress to a PhD programme in Social Psychology.

 

Human rights defence

This Master’s programme especially focuses on the respect and defence of human rights, democratic principles, equal opportunities between men and women, solidarity, universal access and design for all, promotion of a culture for peace and respect for religious and cultural diversity and plurality, by identifying the way in which social psychology can contribute to protecting and developing them, especially for people at risk of social exclusion.

 

Professional psychologists in social and community contexts

This Master’s degree does not only equip students with the current range of tasks, procedures, techniques, and tools used by psychologists in the social context but it also seeks to transform that professional reality and make progress in developing a role to be achieved.

 

Deeply-rooted in society

To achieve this goal, we have the cooperation of a number of both private and public bodies and professional psychologists, all of whom have extensive proven experience in care, teaching and research, and who share the innovative perspective of this teaching Project.

Thus, this Master’s programme is not only deeply rooted locally but it also focuses on international experiences and best practices. This has led us to make partnerships with a number of foreign universities such as José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador and Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago de Chile, both Jesuit universities in America that have postgraduate studies in this field of Psychology and share elements of identity and values with the University of Deusto.