PC5005S - Social Psychology (2019/20)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2019/20|
|Module title||Social Psychology|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2019/20||
Social psychology examines social perception and behaviour in terms of how individuals think about and seek to understand their social world through their interactions with others at the group and societal levels.
Prior learning requirements
Any introductory psychology module
Topics will be drawn from: attitudes, attribution, group processes, group-decision making, intergroup conflict, self and identity, and critical social psychology. LO1,LO2,LO3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures, but deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material, seminars, and online resources.
On successful completion of this module, students will:
1. have in-depth knowledge and understanding of key theories relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour and the relationship between individuals, society and culture;
2. have a critical understanding of the potential strengths and limitations of methods of social psychology
3. be able to critically evaluate key concepts, theories and empirical work and debate the comparative merits of different types of explanation and methodology.
Formative feedback will be available in the form of: (a) comments on mid-term short-answer questions, and (b) automated responses to non-summative multiple-choice questions.
Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G. M. (2011). Social psychology (6th Ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2014). Social psychology (9th Ed.). Andover: Cengage
Myers, D. G. (2013). Social psychology (11th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill