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Module

PSY2003 : Social Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Trevor James
  • Lecturer: Dr Carla Chivers, Mrs Billie Moffat-Knox
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:0028:00Guided reading and essay writing activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Essay writing workshop delivered as present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Independent study, reading, and revision including weekly formative activities
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials 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, 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 lecture materials, 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.
In order to maintain the core learning outcomes of the module that centre on discursive essay writing and theory understanding, an online essay workshop is maintained. Students write a formative mock essay exam and then engage in peer marking using the UG assessment criteria. In addition, in order to meet the learning outcomes for content coverage, weekly formative activities eg MCQs will be provided for self-testing along with discussion activities. The formative discussion activities can be done in groups or individually via short reflective statements.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A10024 hour take home exam: 1 unseen essay from a choice of 3 (word limit: 1000)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

One of the main functions of this module is to provide experience of exam essay writing and discursive argument. Therefore, this module has a 24 hour exam to ensure that students have sufficient experience of exam writing in preparation for stage 3.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable