PSYC07024 2020 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 in 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;
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
Repeat assessment will be determined at examination boards and based on failed component results.
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
|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
Required & Recommended Book List
2017-03-24 Social Psychology, Global Edition Pearson
ISBN 129215909X ISBN-13 9781292159096
British Journal of Social Psychology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)2044-8309
European Journal of Social Psychology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0992
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/gpi
International Journal of Behavioural Development: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jbd
Journal of Applied Social Psychology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1559-1816
Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-experimental-social-psychology/
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/psp/
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/psp
Personality and Social Psychology Review: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/personality-and-social-psychology-review/journal201783
Social Psychological and Personality Science: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/spp
Social Psychology: https://us.hogrefe.com/products/journals/social-psychology
Social Psychology Quarterly: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/spq
The Irish Journal of Psychology: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/riri20
The Journal of Social Psychology: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/vsoc20
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. (https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/).
The British Psychological Society (BPS) has various sections providing resources such as the BPS Research Digest, links to journals, publications and ethical guidelines. (www.bps.org.uk).
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. (www.apa.org).
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.
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.
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.