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|
|Running in 2017/18||
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
The aims of this module are to
- provide students with systematic understanding of theory and research relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour;
- develop students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies
- 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.
On successful completion of this module, students will:
- 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;
- have a critical understanding of the potential strengths and limitations of methods of social psychology
- be able to critically evaluate key concepts, theories and empirical work and debate the comparative merits of different types of explanation and methodology.
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.