Module code: PSY3123

Module Overview

Intergroup conflict causes widespread suffering and poses a threat to wellbeing, peace, prosperity, and human rights on a global level. This module will concentrate on the psychological phenomena that predict conflict emergence and escalation, as well as the resolution of intergroup conflicts. Students will learn the theories and frameworks underlying the development of conflicts, followed by a focus on psychological barriers that hinder the promotion of conflict de-escalation and resolution

Module provider


Module Leader

GENTLE Judith (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: C845

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 30

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BSC Psychology Levels 4 and 5 (or equivalent). This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Political psychology and intergroup conflict
• Intergroup conflicts - nature, types, and stages
• Psychological barriers to conflict resolution – general model (4 groups of barriers)
• Barriers Group 1: General beliefs, implicit theories and personality
• Barriers Group 2: Content-based barriers
• Barriers Group 3: Cognitive biases
• Motivational biases
• Barriers Group 4: Emotional barriers
• Emotion regulation and conflict
• Overcoming barriers
• Review

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6-page Essay 50
Examination 75 minute Exam 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

• Knowledge and understanding of the concepts discussed in the lectures (section 1)
• Application and integration in real world contexts (sections 2 and 3)
• Critical thinking and incorporation of theoretical frameworks (section 3)

Formative assessment

Written assessment (3000 words) in which students will use the concepts and research discussed in the lecture to: (1) choose, define, and discuss a psychological barrier to conflict resolution. (2) show how this barrier plays a role in a real life conflict using online sources (social media, leader behaviour or speeches etc); (3) present a creative way to overcome this barrier (30%).

Students will present their ideas and receive oral feedback from the lecturer. Students will then receive written feedback on their assessment.

Module aims

  • • Introduce concepts, theories and processes of intergroup conflict
  • • Provide frameworks for concepts and theories of psychological processes in intergroup conflict
  • • Develop students’ critical analysis of concepts and theories of psychological barriers to conflict resolution
  • • Provide an integrative understanding of the role of psychological processes and phenomena within the process of conflict resolution

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe fundamental frameworks, theories, and concepts in political psychology and intergroup conflict K
002 Evaluate and systematically assess the similarities and differences between types / groups of psychological barriers in conflict resolution CK
003 Critique theories and frameworks pertaining to particular topics in the field CPT
004 Integrate and apply theories and frameworks across diverse contexts of intergroup conflict resolution CKT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Tutorial Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop a practical and critical theoretical perspective on intergroup conflict and psychological barriers to conflict resolution.

The learning and teaching methods include:

22 contact hours and 128 hours of independent study (reading and developing assignments).

The contact hours will be comprised of 11 two-hour sessions. The majority of the sessions (10 sessions) will include an oral presentation followed by group activities and class discussion (e.g., discussion around case-studies; critically reviewing spatial tasks; reading and critically analysing journal articles).

One session will be dedicated to preparation and feedback for the exam review (week 11).

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
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Other information


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