Social Psychology of Consumer Behaviour (932C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Consumer culture has become such a pervasive aspect of everyday life that it has profound social psychological effects. This module investigates social psychological processes underlying specific behaviours and outcomes, focusing particularly on consumers' identity and self-concept. It examines how consumers relate to their favourite material possessions, what motivates them to buy consumer goods, as well as predictors of excessive buying and the effectiveness of advertising. It also examines the influence of selected mass consumer aspects on individuals' stereotypes and well-being, including materialistic values, and the impact of advertising on stereotyping and body image.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: