Singapore University of Social Sciences

Emotion (PSY369)


Emotion introduces the theoretical and empirical issues in the domain of emotion, and discusses the key issues in the field. This course aims to provide an integrative and cross-disciplinary perspective of the study of emotion, and straddles across various psychological disciplines, such as social, personality, biological, and cognitive psychology.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction to Emotion; Evolution to Emotions
  • Biological Foundations of Emotions, Appraisal
  • Affect and Cognition, Development of Emotions
  • Personality and Emotion, Culture and Emotion
  • Culture and Emotion, Emotion Regulation
  • Emotion Regulation, Importance of Positive Affect

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key approaches to and theories of emotion, and the various methodologies employed in the study of emotion
  • Compare or analyse cultural or personality differences in emotion, and construct theoretical mechanisms to explain how and why they arise by integrating theories from various domains
  • Examine the biological and neurological bases of emotion or the influences of affect on cognition and vice versa
  • Analyse the cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioural components of individual emotions
  • Evaluate the research findings and theories of emotion in human development, personality, and cognition
  • Judge the implications of emotion on life outcomes and physical, psychological, and mental well-being based on the research findings and theories in these areas
  • Develop critical and analytical skills necessary to review empirical literature and interpret experimental designs in the field of emotion
  • Design simple research studies to investigate key questions of interest in the field of emotion
  • Propose strategies for regulating emotion and improving well-being in real life by utilising the theories and concepts on emotion regulation and evaluating how emotion influences physical, psychological, and mental well-being
  • Critique a review article or evaluate existing research in a domain by drawing together theories and findings from various sources
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