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PSY1016 : Foundations in Social Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Zachary Petzel
  • Lecturer: Dr Amy Fielden
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce students to the broad aims and methods of social psychological research. In the process of doing this, students are introduced to the major research methods and theories in social psychology

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides an introduction to Social psychology focuses on adult social behaviour. Within the realm of social psychology, the student is introduced to major areas of research and theory including impression formation and stereotypes, the power of social influence and conformity, interactions in and between groups.. Examples of classic social psychological research are provided as well as a discussion of other research methods typically used by social psychologists.

The aim of both areas of the course is to provide a foundation for modules in future years of the degree.

Indicative content that the sessions may cover:

The Self and Self-concept
Social Cognitions
Social influences Intra-group behaviour
Inter-group behaviour

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion341:0034:00Preparation for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Present in person: Lectures include interactive activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00Revise lecture notes: independent learning Assigned reading after every lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide the framework for introducing core concepts in and social psychology. During the session students will be encouraged to interact with each other through the use of discussion exercises and short tasks. Video footage of studies will be used to show research in practice and to demonstrate theoretical aspects.
There will be Question and Answer sessions related to the lecture materials.
Lectures will include PowerPoint presentation and oral commentary. Private and self-study, using the recommended text will provide further depth of understanding.

MCQ questions set at the end of lectures will provide students the opportunity for formative practice of knowledge learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A100Multiple choice questions (90), unseen, PIP Inspera invigilated.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Digital exam will involve students answering a series of multiple choice questions. At the introductory level of social psychology, it is essential for students to have a broad knowledge base upon which they develop deeper insight and understanding of psychological research in the subsequent stages of the degree. The exam has therefore been designed to assess students for their breadth of understanding of the course material, but also a certain level of depth.

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.

Reading Lists