Surrey University Stag


Module code: PSYM093

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 7

JACs code: C880

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 101

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 5

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.

  • Language and language biases.

  • Altruism and aggression.

  • Modern Prejudice.

  • Dehumanization.

  • Collective protest and social change.

  • Political beliefs

  • Cultural psychology.

  • Future Directions in Social Psychology.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CRITICAL ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 50
Examination Online OPEN BOOK EXAM (4 Hours) 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 ensure students can demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists KC
002 The capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology KC
003 The capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains KC
004 The ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to social psychological problems KCT
005 An understanding of the stages of the social psychological research process KC

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 (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 

  • Tutorials 

  • Use of SurreyLearn discussion board

  • 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.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology (Conversion) MSc(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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.