PSYC07022 2017 Social Psychology

General Details

Full Title
Social Psychology
Transcript Title
Social Psychology
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane, Martha Doyle, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

This module explores social psychological theories and approaches to address complex issues about the individual and the social world. It deals with how we act and interact in a social world. It is a study in human thoughts, feelings and behaviours, how we influence other people and how they, in turn, influence us. An understanding of social psychology can help us become more aware of ourselves, others and our relationships.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Display an understanding of core concepts and key issues in social psychology.


Explain social perception, how individuals interpret and understand themselves, others and social groups.


Illustrate how social influence impacts on individual behaviour.


Discuss group processes: how the individual is impacted on by the group.


Explore the psychological complexities of friendship, attraction, love and close relationships.


Develop critical thinking skills in psychology and demonstrate psychological literacy.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture and tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment of this module will be in two parts:

  • Oral assessment and poster presentation

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be determined at examination boards and based on failed component results.

Module Dependencies

PSYC06003 000000 Introduction to Psychology

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction to social psychology

Define social psychology

The development of the field of social psychology

Key theories, concepts and issues in social psychology

2. The self & others

Social cognition and perception

Self-concept & self-esteem


How we form impressions of other people and the ways in which we attempt to shape their impressions of us

Attribution theory

Non-verbal communication

3. Attitudes and attitude change

Definition of an attitude

Attitude formation and attitude change

Measurement of attitudes

Prejudice and stereotypes

Relationship between attitudes and behaviour

Debate over the link between attitudes and behaviour

4. Social Influence and social groups

Social influence

The power of the situation/group

Obedience, compliance & conformity

Group dynamics

Group decision making



5. Attraction and relationships

Formation of friendships

Interpersonal relationships

Social networking

Relationship development

Human- animal relationships

6. Aggression

Definition of aggression

Theories and models of aggression

Interpersonal aggression

7. Altruism and helping behaviour

Definition of altruism and helping behaviour

Theories on altruism and helping behaviour


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Oral Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 40 % Week 10 1,2
2 Poster presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 60 % Week 13 3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Aronson, E. (2008) The Social Animal. New York: Worth.

Myers, G. 2008 (9th. edition); Social Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

URL Resources


Other Resources


  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • The Journal of Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition
Additional Information