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PSYC2504 Advanced Social Psychology

10 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Russell Hutter

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 1 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants), or BSs Psychology with Education


PSYC1604Social Psychology

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC3404Joint Honours/Intercalated Programme: Advanced Social Psycho

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Social Psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings and behaviours is influenced by the actual or implied presence of others. This module goes into more depth on topics that were introduced at level 1, such as the attitudes, aggression, and prejudice. It will also introduce students to new areas of social psychology, drawing on the research expertise of the lecturers, which include, explicit attitudes, attitude-behaviour relations, applied social psychology, social cognition, language, morality, and communication. Lectures will be recoded in Mediasite and available under the Media tab in Minerva. Reading will be available in digital format. The tutorial will be removed (as in 2019-20). It does not contribute to learning outcomes.


This module aims to provide in depth coverage of key concepts in social psychology.
The module will be taught by a team of experts in the subject.
Students will continue to develop their knowledge of this discipline with particular emphasis on the research expertise of the module team.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course students should demonstrate:

1) A detailed understanding of contemporary social psychological theory and research, able to identify how and why people's behaviour is influenced by those around them.
2) An understanding of a broad range of facts and concepts relevant to the module material.
3) An ability to compare and critically evaluate opposing theories and perspectives, and identify how theory and research can be applied to a variety of different social contexts.

The learning outcomes will be assessed in an end of module exam, with a MCQ component to assess breadth and a choice of long essay style questions. The learning outcomes will be monitored in a non-formative mid-module MCQ test, which will provide feedback to the student as to whether their preparation and understanding of the topic areas has been sufficient in points 1, 2, and 3 above.
In addition, students will be able to provide a brief written critique of relevant published work.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical analysis of published research and in literature research.


Syllabus includes: social identity, social cognition, impression formation, aggression, prejudice, interventions to reduce prejudice, applied social psychology, attitudes, persuasion, social development, verbal and non-verbal language and communication. This will be delivered via 10 online lectures.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

40 hours: 10 x 4 hours preparation for each lecture
14 hours: preparation for mid-module MCQ
30 hours: preparation for end of semester exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The mid-module MCQ test will provide feedback to the student as to whether their preparation and understanding of the topic areas has been sufficient.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Exam (100% of module mark; Essay 70%, MCQs 30%) - this will be administered online in accordance with University guidance.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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