PSYC07022 2017 Social 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.
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 assessment will be determined at examination boards and based on failed component results.
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
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
The power of the situation/group
Obedience, compliance & conformity
Group decision making
5. Attraction and relationships
Formation of friendships
Human- animal relationships
Definition of aggression
Theories and models of aggression
7. Altruism and helping behaviour
Definition of altruism and helping behaviour
Theories on altruism and helping behaviour
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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
Aronson, E. (2008) The Social Animal. New York: Worth.
Myers, G. 2008 (9th. edition); Social Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- British Journal of Social Psychology
- European Journal of Social Psychology
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
- The Journal of Social Psychology
- Social Cognition