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2012/13 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC2404 Joint Honours Social Psychology

10 creditsClass Size: 3

Module manager: Dr Russel Hutter

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2012/13

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The weekly lectures in (60 minutes) will provide details of theory and research from established 'classic psychology' paradigms. This will be disseminated through an intensive 10 week lecture series. The learning experience will be enhanced with completion of 2 Internet Based Learning Exercises (IBLEs) and supporting readings set each week. The IBLES will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge that they have acquired and for their progress to be monitored.


This module aims to provide an overview of key concepts in 'social psychology'.
The module will be taught by a team of experts in the subject.
Students will be introduced to a range of information within this discipline with particular emphasis on the research expertise of the module team.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to understand the basic theory, research findings and methods of investigation in social psychology.

More specifically they should be able to:
- Understand basic issues of theory;
- Understand the rationale behind social psychological research;
- Understand the main research findings from the 'established social psychological' literature;
- Understand the research methodology adopted in the social psychological literature.

Students should also be able to effectively communicate themes and arguments in Social Psychology.


The syllabus will include: Introduction to Social Psychology; Social influence; Group Processes; Person perception; Attribution theory; Affiliation, attraction and relationships; Aggression and prejudice; Pro-social behaviour; Attitudes; and Attitude change.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours88.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

50 hours: 10 x 5 hours reading for each lecture
8 hours: preparation for IBLE
30 hours: revision for end of semester exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Submission of the coursework (500-word assignment) is compulsory to pass this module.

Students will be required to complete online internet based learning exercises. A discussion board will also be set to encourage students to ask questions and discuss issues surrounding the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Critique500 word assignment - compulsory20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

The coursework is a compulsory component of the module assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/06/2013


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