Social Psychology

Module code: C8035
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Practical, Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module will provide an overview of major theories, methods, research findings and debates in social psychology. Students will examine classic studies and current findings and evaluate published research reports. The first half of the module focuses on micro-social phenomena and examines key areas of social cognition, including attitudes and attributions, the cognitive construction of self and others as well as identity and self-esteem. The second half of the module will cover basic intergroup and intragroup processes, such as social influence, group membership and identity, prejudice and collective behaviour, and the psychology of culture.

Module learning outcomes

  • Summarise social psychological theory and research in the key areas covered by the course.
  • Describe typical social psychological research methods and interpret published research findings.
  • Describe and evaluate competing accounts of social behaviour and cognition.