module specification

PC5005S - Social Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Social Psychology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay (max. 1500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

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

Module aims

The aims of this module are to

  1. provide students with systematic understanding of theory and research relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour;
  2. develop students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies
  3. foster students’ skills in the development of academic argument and critical evaluation in social psychology.


Topics will be drawn from:  attitudes, attribution, group processes, group-decision making, intergroup conflict, self and identity, and critical social psychology.

Learning and teaching

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed via a summative essay of 1500 words. A series of formative MCQ tests will be taken throughout the duration on the module.

Component Percentage of Marks Learning outcomes
Essay (max 1500 words) 100 1,2,3



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.