module specification

PC6009 - Special Topics in Personality and Social Psychology (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Special Topics in Personality and Social Psychology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
 
110 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay (1500 words)
Seen Examination 50%   Seen exam (end of module)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

The aims of this module are to (1) provide students with an advanced understanding of developments in theory and research in (a) personality and individual differences and (b) social and cultural psychology; (2) introduce alternative and challenging perspectives on mainstream psychological phenomena; (3) develop and extend students’ understanding of the application of psychological theory to contemporary social issues. The module will enhance students’ employability through knowledge of alternative perspectives on taken-for-granted explanations of psychological phenomena; provide a deeper understanding of how individual, social and cultural factors can influence personal and social wellbeing; provide skills relevant to the application of theoretical knowledge and critical evaluation. The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Prior learning requirements

PC5005

Syllabus

The module will cover topics from self and identity, social exclusion, and intergroup conflict and cooperation, as well as the social and cultural specificity of psychological phenomena such as motivation, emotion, cognition, development, and psychological health and wellbeing. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students’ knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories and empirical evidence will be developed through lectures and small group discussions (40 hours) and through guided use of learning resources, including web-based material and independent study (110 hours).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Have advanced knowledge of developments in theory and research in (a) personality and individual differences and (b) social and cultural psychology.
2. Be aware of some alternative and challenging approaches to understanding a range of psychological phenomenon.
3. Be able to apply psychological theory to a range of contemporary social issues and problems.
4. Be able to critically evaluate key concepts, theories and empirical research and present coherent arguments about the merits of different types of explanation and methodology.

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be via a written coursework assignment of max. 1500 words (50%) and a seen exam of two hours (50%). Formative assessment will consist of a series of in class and online tests throughout the module.

Bibliography

Chryssochoou, X. (2004). Cultural diversity: Its social psychology. Oxford: Blackwell.
Hogg, M.A. & Vaughan, G.M. (2013). Social psychology (7th edition). Harlow: Pearson.
Maltby, J., Day, L., & Macaskill, A. (2017). Personality, individual differences and intelligence (4th Edition). Harlow: Pearson.
Smith, E.R., Mackie, D.M., & Claypool, H. (2015). Social psychology (4th Edition). London: Psychology Press.