PC4105 - Introduction to Social Psychology (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Introduction to Social Psychology|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||10|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||100|
|Running in 2020/21||
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.
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.
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.