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PSYC1604 Social Psychology

10 creditsClass Size: 320

Module manager: Dr Russell Hutter

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought programme, or BSs Psychology with Education entry requirements.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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 online lecture series (recoded in Mediasite and available under the Media tab in Minerva). An on line essay writing tutorial (delivered by Level 1 personal tutors via Microsoft Teams) will provide students with support and advice to prepare their first psychology essay. The learning experience will be enhanced with completion of Internet Based Learning Exercises (IBLEs) and supporting readings set each week with the exception of week 2 (Essay writing lecture). The reading will be available in digital format. A different course text will be used: M. A. Hogg & Vaughan G. M. (2018) Social Psychology (8th Edition). Prentice Hall. Available as an online book in the library. This text is available on line at the University library and offers more depth than the previous course text. The internet based learning exercises will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge that they have acquired.


- 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.
- Students will be introduced to essay writing for psychology.

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.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to consider how theory and research are integrated within the field of social psychology, and how theory and research are applied to real world contexts.


The syllabus will include:
- Group Processes
- Essay Writing
- Attribution Theory
- Person Perception
- Aggression
- Attitudes
- Social Influence
- Prejudice
- The Self
- Prosocial Behaviour
- Interpersonal Relations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning11.001.00
Private study hours87.00
Total Contact hours13.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

10 x 5 hours reading for each lecture (except essay writing)
7 hours preparation for Internet Based Learning Exercise
10 hours preparation and completion of essay
20 hours preparation for exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be expected to complete online MCQs. A discussion board will also be set to encourage students to ask questions and discuss issues surrounding the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essaymax 2000-words25.00
In-course Assessmentclass test0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Both assessment components (essay and remote exam) must be completed. However, to pass the module students only need attain a total of 40% overall (across both assessments).

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment0 hr 45 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

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: 07/09/2021 16:42:43


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