SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 - 2018/9

Module code: PSY1019

Module Overview

This module builds understanding of social psychology theory and research, highlighting the relationship between theory and research on a range of topics.

 

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

RUSSELL PS Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: C880

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:


1.  Social nature
2.  Social cognition
3.  Social perception
4.  Self-presentation
5.  Attitude and behaviour change     
6.  Social influence
7.  People in groups
8.  Group decision making       
9.  Interpersonal attraction   
10. Intergroup relations and Social Groups
11. Revision Session

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6 PAGE RESEARCH REPORT 50
Examination 60 MINUTE MCQ EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Have a broad understanding of the thinking and writing of foundations in social psychology.
Develop the capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology and will be able to describe how fundamental social psychological thinking helps to explain social behaviour.
Provide students the understanding of social psychology as an evidence-based discipline through the presentation of empirical studies and theoretical models.  This course will be the first step for equipping you to specialize in social psychology and will show how theoretical developments and research questions evolve in social psychology.


Outcomes 1- 3 will be assessed by MCQ examination.

Outcomes 1-3 will be assessed by the research methods report

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One 60 minute MCQ examination (50%) (in formal semester exam period)
One 6 page research methods report (50%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Written feedback on research methods report
Verbal feedback in tutorials
Practice MCQ and verbal feedback in lectures

Module aims

  • Build the foundational knowledge of Social Psychology theory and research. Participation in the lectures will expose students to a range of social psychology topics, and highlight the connections between real world problems, social psychology theory and empirical data
  • Foster a critical evaluation of social psychological science
  • Develop an understanding of the four core messages of social psychology; that behaviour is a product of the person and the situation; that the role of situational factors are systematically underestimated; that this underestimation is itself an effect of culture, and that social psychological research represents an advance on 'common sense' knowledge of the social world

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Have a broad understanding of the thinking and writing of foundations in social psychology. (K,C). KC
2 Develop the capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology and will be able to describe how fundamental social psychological thinking helps to explain social behaviour KC
3 Provide students the understanding of social psychology as an evidence-based discipline through the presentation of empirical studies and theoretical models.  This course will be the first step for equipping you to specialise in social psychology and will show how theoretical developments and research questions evolve in social psychology. (K,C,T) KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students a broad understanding of theory and research in social psychology.
Enable students to develop the capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology.
Enable students to be able to critically evaluate social psychology theory and research.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures or 2hrs duration for 11 weeks
Two tutorials of 2 hours duration
Surrey Learn discussion board and other materials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy1019

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.