Surrey University Stag


Module code: PSY2016

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


Module Leader

HOPKINS-DOYLE Aife (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: C880

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 4

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Lectures (indicative content)


  • Recent history of social psychology. 

  • Developments in cognitive dissonance.

  • Social memory. 

  • Embodied cognition.

  • Language and language biases. 

  • Prosocial behaviour and aggression.

  • Modern Prejudice.

  • Dehumanization. 

  • Collective protest and social change.

  • Culture.

  • Future Directions in Social Psychology

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online ONLINE EXAM 1500 WORDS 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Critical evaluation essay to assess learning outcomes 1-5

  • Exam to assess learning outcomes 1-4

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Feedback on the essay

  • Verbal feedback in tutorials and lectures

Module aims

  • To examine how the most influential ideas and studies in social psychology have inspired today's cutting-edge research.
  • To provide coverage of different theories and methods to study social phenomena
  • To foster critical thinking in relation to social psychological research
  • To examine practical application of social psychology research.
  • To ensure students can demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
003 A capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology KCP
004 A capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains KCPT
005 An ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to social psychological problems CPT
001 Greater first-hand familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists KC
002 An enhanced social psychological literacy (including relevant methodological literacy) KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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 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 social psychology

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials 

  • Use of Surrey Learn discussion board facility

  • Guided learning

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons)(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% 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 2022/3 academic year.