PSYC07024 2020 Social Psychology

General Details

Full Title
Social Psychology
Transcript Title
Social Psychology
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Dr. Allison Gillen
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 202000 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 in 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;


Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of factors, concepts, methods, research findings and application of social psychological theories.


Discuss the relationship between theory and evidence in social psychology and its meaningfulness in explaining human behaviours.


Demonstrate competence in exploring key contemporary debates in social psychology and the applied relevance of this research evidence.


Develop critical thinking skills in psychology and demonstrate psychological literacy.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures which include tutorial activities.

Module Assessment Strategies

Applied Report.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

Topic 1: Introduction to Social Psychology

Topic 2: Social Cognition

Topic 3: Social Perception

Topic 4: The Self

Topic 5: Attitudes


Topic 6: Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

Topic 7: Liking, Love and Other Close Relationships

Topic 8: Social Influence

Topic 9: Groups and Individuals

Topic 10: Aggression

Topic 11: Helping and Pro-Social Behaviour


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Applied Report Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Week 13 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-03-24 Social Psychology, Global Edition Pearson
ISBN 129215909X ISBN-13 9781292159096

Module Resources

Journal Resources

British Journal of Social Psychology:

European Journal of Social Psychology:

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations:

International Journal of Behavioural Development:

Journal of Applied Social Psychology:

Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology:

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin:

Personality and Social Psychology Review:

Social Psychological and Personality Science:

Social Psychology:

Social Psychology Quarterly:

The Irish Journal of Psychology:

The Journal of Social Psychology:

URL Resources

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has many useful resources for students including the PSI's Code of Professional Ethics, resources such as writing style and links to publications and journals.  (


The British Psychological Society (BPS) has various sections providing resources such as the BPS Research Digest, links to journals, publications and ethical guidelines.  (


The American Psychological Association (APA) has various divisions and useful resources for students and practitioners.  The website provides resources such as writing style and ethical guidelines, links to publications and journals.  (

Other Resources

Recommended Reading:

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M. & Sommers, S. R. (2015).  Social psychology (9th ed.). Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Clarke-Stewart, A. & Parke, R. D. (2014).  Social development (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley.

Gillespie, A. (2008).  Social psychology. Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. (2010).  Essentials of social psychology.  Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. (2013).  Social psychology (7th ed.). Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Myers, D., Abell, J. & Sani, F. (2014).  Social psychology (2nd ed.). Berkshire, UK: McGraw-Hill Education.


Further Reading:

Chadee, D. (2011).  Theories in social psychology. Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Doise, W. (1986).  Levels of explanation in social psychology: European monographs in social psychology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Howitt, D. & Argyle, M. (1982).  The mass media and social problems. London, UK: Pergamon.

Rosenberg, M. & Kaplan, H. B. (1982).  Social psychology of the self-concept. New York, US: Harlan Davidson.

Staub, E. (1992).  The roots of evil: The origins of genocide and other group violence. New York, US: Cambridge University Press.

Van Lange, P. A. M., Kruglanski, A. W. & Higgins, E. T. (2011).  Handbook of theories of social psychology. London, UK: Sage Publications Limited.

Wetherall, M. (1996).  Identities, groups and social issues.  London, UK: The Open University.

Additional Information

There may also be additional Recommended Reading and Further Reading suggested during the Lecture sessions.  Some of the links to these resources may be provided in the weekly folders in the module area online.  However, at this level of study you are reminded that you are expected to read widely and extensively, sourcing your own contemporary literature to fully inform yourself on the topics.