module specification

PC4105 - Introduction to Social Psychology (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
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
Unseen Examination 40%   Short answer questions
Unseen Examination 60%   MCQ
Running in 2020/21

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Module summary

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.


Topics will be drawn from:

• Social facilitation

• Social influence
• Group processes
• Conformity and obedience
• Prosocial behaviour
• Leadership LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 mid-term and end-of-term assessments. The mid-term assessment will be based on short-answer questions. The end-of-term assessment will be multiple-choice questions. A series of (weekly) formative assessments will be provided during the course.


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]
Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.