Pain 1: Understanding and Assessing Pain

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU152
  • Start date 1 Feb 2021
  • Application deadline18 Jan 2021
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Home: £545 Overseas: £1003
  • Study mode Part-time, Stand-alone modules


This module aims to increase your understanding of the complexity of pain. It will raise awareness of pain problems and the attitudes which can contribute to these. It will enhance your ability to assess and empirically examine pain phenomena.

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To enable you to:

  • Understand the theoretical issues associated with both acute and chronic pain
  • Explore the philosophical issues associated with pain perception and communication
  • Critically examine contemporary approaches to pain assessment

This module is delivered online. The resources are extensive and a series of discussion boards provides opportunity for sharing of ideas, learning and feedback.

The module will start with an in-depth examination of the various theories of pain, which will extend your understanding of the social, psychological and physiological basis of acute and chronic pain.

The complex sequelae of pain, especially chronic pain will be discussed. This will draw on pain patients' reports, case studies and the empirical literature.

Discussions will allow the students to critically examine attitudes to pain in society and in healthcare settings, which are formed (or misinformed) by various theoretical positions.

The module is delivered online via Canvas.

The module has two assessments:

  • a comparative essay
  • a case study

Gwenne McIntosh

You can utilise the learning from the module as part of your current academic career pathway development and Personal Development Plan.