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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Possibility Studies
Module Code PSYC309
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Vlad Glaveanu
Semester 2: Vlad Glaveanu
Autumn: Vlad Glaveanu
Module TeachersVlad Glaveanu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will enable students to develop knowledge and competences that help them adapt to and thrive within VUCA environments (i.e., those marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) by cultivating their agency, creativity, imagination, anticipation, and innovation skills. The module will offer an introduction to psychological approaches within the emerging, transdisciplinary field of Possibility Studies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss key theories and methods associated with creativity research, Futures Studies, and Possibility Studies.
2. Assess the importance of psychology within the inter- and transdisciplinary context of Possibility Studies.
3. Be able to use psychological knowledge in order to envision positive change within a series of applied domains and vis a vis the societal challenges of today.
4. Be able to think critically and ethically about the kinds of possibilities individuals and collectives imagine and enact.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture13No Description
Seminars13Readings, case studies and invited speakers
Group work12Collaborative and methodological skills
Independent Study87No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Possibility Studies Agency within constraints Creativity and innovation Play and imagination Serendipity and discovery Curiosity, awe, and wonder Counterfactual thinking Futures and anticipation studies Utopias and dystopias The possible in education The possible in organisations The possible in health and well-being The possible in society

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayShort essay on the psychology of the possible20%n/a
Group project Podcast with creatives and critical reflection30%n/a
PortfolioePortfolio and reflective critique of a societal problem50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Glăveanu: 0, Creativity: A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, 2021,
  • Meretoja: 2017, The ethics of storytelling: Narrative hermeneutics, history, and the possible, Oxford University Press,
  • Mulgan: 2022, Another world is possible: How to reignite social and political imagination, C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd,
  • Seligman, Railton, Baumeister & Sripada: 2016, Homo prospectus, Oxford University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPDTBSc Psychology & Disruptive Technologies
BPMBSc in Psychology with Mathematics
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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