This course will be of benefit to anyone working with children and adolescents in any setting.
This course looks at the phenomenon of bullying and examines it from multiple perspectives including current thinking on the various causes of bullying, bullying in a number of different social contexts (across the lifespan) with a particular focus on school and workplace bullying, and an analysis of bullying from the perspective of applied social psychology. The course also considers bullying from a philosophical perspective, utilizing Foucauldian conceptualisations of power to understand bullying in different contexts. The course will address practical means of addressing bullying in interpersonal, dyadic, familial, institutional and cultural systems and will discuss approaches to challenging the power imbalances implicit in bullying relationships.
It is envisioned that this course will be of benefit to anyone working with children and adolescents in any setting. It offers insights into how bullying may operate ‘below the radar’ in large institutions i.e. the Guards, Health service, the military, Schools etc.
Week 1- Introduction to bullying: Types of bullying. Why do people bully? Who gets bullied and where does it happen?
Week 2 – Causes of Bullying: Socio-cultural, institutional, social issues, family issues, the bully’s individual history, power imbalances.
Week 3 – Aggression and child and adolescent development
Week 4 – Bullying in different social contexts: Cyberbullying, Parental bullying, disability bullying, LGBT bullying.
Week 5 – Focus on school Bullying
Week 6 – Focus on workplace Bullying
Week 7 – Applied social psychology and bullying: Research, and contributions to policy.
Week 8 – Alternative perspective: A Foucauldian analysis of bullying as a means of maintaining status quo in society by marking those who differ as ‘other’, rather than focussing on the individual character of the bully as pathological or morally impoverished.
Week 9 – Prevention strategies – Anti-bullying measures. Individual, dyadic, familial, institutional and cultural.
Week 10 – Overview of bullying in the Irish context.
Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.
If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.
Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.
Dr. Finian Fallon
Dr. Finian Fallon is a Chartered Psychologist and holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. In addition to providing a range of counselling services, his past work experience includes providing online and face to face therapy for clients with PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse and survivors of torture. In 2018 he completed a widely reported survey of over 2,000 Irish Police exploring trauma prevalence and wellbeing issues among frontline police in Ireland. His doctoral dissertation explored the future of psychotherapy in Ireland.
Finian has a number of other academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference. He is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits, to bring together the science and art of psychotherapy. He is Dean of Psychology at City Colleges and is delivering and developing psychology courses that are relevant to the challenges of living today.
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
- Limited class size