The course consists of various modules taught from the second year through to the fourth year of the dental course. The course introduces the basic concepts of psychology and sociology relevant to the understanding of human behaviour in health practices. The course aims to develop the students' communication and patient management skills in clinical practice and the community at large. Special-group care and stress management strategies in dentistry are included.
The earlier part of the course consists of a mainly didactic component, whilst small group teaching format is used for clinical applications. A significant proportion of the course will be activity-based, i.e. problem-based, role plays, video clips and recording and case studies.
This module is not examined. Students will be assessed by (i) written assignments and (ii) continuous assessment in group activities and clinicals. The performance of students in these assessments will be included in the continuous assessment grading in the fourth year.