module specification

PC4105 - Introduction to Social Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Introduction to Social Psychology
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 100
 
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 100%   MCQ exam
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable

Module summary

The module provides introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in social psychology. It focuses on the relationship between individuals and society, introducing classic work on topics such as self and identity, social influence, conformity and obedience, and group processes. The learning outcomes are assessed through an end-of-term multiple-choice answer test (100%).

Module aims

The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in social psychology. It focuses on the relationship between individuals and society, introducing classic work on topics such as self and identity, social influence, conformity and obedience, and group processes.

Syllabus

Topics will be drawn from:

  • Social facilitation
  • Social influence
  • Group processes
  • Conformity and obedience

Learning and teaching

Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and online readings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will understand:

  1. Key lines of theory and research in social psychology.
  2. Some of the ways in which individual behaviour may be affected by the social context.
  3. How social psychological phenomena may be investigated and how theories can be developed from empirical findings.

Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes will be assessed by an end-of-term summative multiple-choice exam. A series of (weekly) formative assessments will be provided during the course.

Bibliography

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.
Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]