Module Catalogue 2018/19

PSY2003 : Social Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Trevor James
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To provide students with a wide knowledge and understanding of many key research areas of both traditional social psychology and more contemporary developments.

By the end of the module, students should have substantially greater insight into how the psychology of the individual contributes to the social world and how the social world contributes to the psychology of the individual.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are introduced to some of the major theories, methods, and debates in social psychology. The module exposes students to both classic studies in social psychology, as well as more recently published work, in order to apply a social lens to understanding both the individual and broader societal concerns. Students will be asked to think critically about some of the ‘big’ issues in social psychology, e.g. understanding the self; how we influence others and how they influence us; relationships and attraction; prosocial behaviour; and stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. The module will also introduce students to the fundamentals of intergroup and intragroup processes.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:
•       outline some of the key existing theories in social psychology
•       describe research findings and typical research methods used in social psychology by drawing upon both seminal studies and more recently published work
•       relate social behaviour to a relevant social psychological theory

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:
•       summarise some of the major existing theories in social psychology
•       explain a social behaviour by drawing upon a relevant theory
•       discuss and appraise a research finding in social psychology

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0024:00Guided reading for lecturers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Independent study, reading, and revision including exam and tutorial preparation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide an integrated and structured introduction to research and theory on each topic. Although students will be encouraged to ask questions and open up some level of discussion during the lectures, the small group sessions will give them a greater opportunity to discuss specific areas of the course material. In the small group sessions, students will be required to discuss and think critically about research findings. The private study time will allow students to carry out in depth review of the information imparted through lectures, to consolidate their learning and to generate their own views on the topics. These views can then be followed up with further reading from the extended reading list, and discussed in the small group sessions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A100Unseen exam, essay (50%) and multiple choice questions (50%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination is used to assess: knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module; gathering of information from a variety of sources; understanding and application of theoretical concepts; critical evaluation of arguments and evidence; the ability to communicate effectively in writing; understanding and articulation of critical issues in psychology; the ability for critical thought and original approach.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.