PSY2003 : Social Psychology

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Val Tuck
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Original Summary:
This module provides students with an understanding of a wide range of topics of research and theory in social psychology. Among the topics, students will learn about how people develop and enhance their sense of self as well as how they perceive, judge, and evaluate others. Students will also gain knowledge of research and theory on intergroup conflict, stereotypes, and social identities. Mainstream approaches to research in these and other areas will be contrasted with a new and rapidly growing paradigm, discursive social psychology, which explores research from an alternative perspective. There will be the opportunity to participate in a social experiment on stereotyping.

By the end of the course, 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

Introduction to social psychology and research approaches.
Nonverbal communication
The self
Developing self-knowledge
Perceiving others, first impressions
Perceiving others, beyond first impressions
The perpetuation of stereotypes
Changing stereotypes
Social identity
Intergroup conflict
Revision, problem solving and exam technique

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading310:0030:00Reading for small group teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study561:0056:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide an integrated and structured introduction to research and theory on each topic. The stereotyping experiment will give practical experience of social research. This will help students to appreciate the difficulties surrounding such research thereby assisting them in developing their skills of interpretation and evaluation. 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. The second session will include formative feedback on stereotyping experiment. In these sessions, students will be required to discuss and critically assess aspects of the course material that most interest them. 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.

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.

Reading Lists


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