SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 2 (MM) - 2018/9

Module code: PSY2028

Module Overview

This course is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in social psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline.

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

FASOLI F Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: C880

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites are Social Psychology 1 (MM), Classics in Personality Theory, and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology 1

Module content

Lectures will include the following indicative topic areas:

1) Persuasion

2) Implicit attitudes

3) Social Memory

4) The Social identity approach in social psychology

5) Social influence and pro-social behaviour

6) Social cognition: About minds and bodies

7) Interpersonal attraction

8) Aggression

9) Self-justification

10) Social cognition models as applied to health contexts

11) Prejudice and intergroup relations

Tutorials

2 x 2 hour tutorials to support understanding of research methods used in social psychology and to be able to evaluate these

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (4 PAGES) 25
Examination EXAM (90 MINUTES) One essay and a 30 item MCQ 75

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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


their familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists, their social psychological literacy
a capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology
a capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains.
an ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to social psychological problems


 

Outcomes 1-4 will be assessed by an unseen examination and an essay.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One 90 minute unseen examination consisting of answering a single essay question and 30 MCQ items (75%) (in formal semester exam period)
One essay (25%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Feedback on essay
Verbal feedback in lectures

Module aims

  • They will develop a deep understanding of the four core messages of social psychology: That behaviour is a product of the person and the situation
  • They will develop a deep understanding of the four core messages of social psychology: That the roles of situational factors are systematically underestimated
  • They will develop a deep understanding of the four core messages of social psychology: That this underestimation is itself an effect of culture
  • They will develop a deep understanding of the four core messages of social psychology: That social psychological research represents an advance on “common sense” knowledge of the social world.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Greater first-hand familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists
2 An enhanced social psychological literacy (including relevant methodological and statistical literacy)
3 A capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology
4 A capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 124

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The eleven lectures will be of two hours' duration.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students first-hand familiarity with the thinking and writing of foundational social psychologists,
Give them an enhanced literacy (including methodological and statistical literacy) of the current research in the field. 
Develop the capacity to explain and to narrate how research questions form and change in social psychology
Develop a critical understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the major research methods used in psychology


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures of 2hrs duration for 11 weeks
Two tutorials of 2 hours to support the coursework essay
Use of Surrey Learn discussion board facility




 


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 2 (MM) : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy2028

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 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.