module specification

PY7011 - Social Psychology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Social Psychology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
176 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Research report
Seen Examination 50%   Seen exam
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides students with systematic understanding of theory and research relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour.


Topics will be drawn from: attitudes, social influence, conformity and obedience, pro-social behaviour, group processes, intergroup relations, and self and identity.
Students will conduct a study/experiment in social psychology and present the findings in appropriate ways LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject areas and related topics through lectures and directed independent study. Deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material and online resources. Research skills will be developed by conducting a social psychology experiment and writing a research report.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of key theories relating to social cognition, self and identity, and social behaviour and the relationship between individuals, society and culture;
2. Be able to investigate social psychological phenomena using appropriate methodologies and present research findings in line discipline-specific expectations and requirements;
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

Summative assessment consists of a seen exam (of two hours) addressing all subject areas (50%) and a research report on an area of social psychology (50%). Formative assessment consists of a series of in class tests throughout the module.


Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G. M. (2013). Social psychology (7th Ed.). Harlow: Pearson
Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2014). Social psychology (9th Ed.). Andover: Cengage