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PSYC2003 Social Psychology

Module Overview

This module is designed to familiarise students with the principal theories, concepts, and research methods relevant to social psychology. The lectures and readings are designed to acquaint students with both classic and current research trends in social psychology. This module will help students to discover ways in which to apply the subject matter to their day-to-day experiences, and to better understand self and others. Lectures will include discussion and class activities. Discussion and class activities are important to class dynamics and the learning environment, and active participation will increase students understanding of the subject matter.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The module aims to increase knowledge about theories and research in social psychology; to critically evaluate theories and research in this area and think creatively about new theoretical directions; and to relate research in social psychology to other areas of psychology, such as developmental, clinical, health, cognitive, and personality psychology. Students who complete this unit will gain a greater understanding of theory and research relating to social psychology. Students should be able to evaluate critically the relation between research findings and social psychological theory. They should be able to relate their knowledge about social psychology to other psychological phenomena.


• Introduction to social psychology and methodology • Social cognition • Social perception • The self • Attitudes • Conformity and group processes • Attraction • Prosocial behaviour • Aggression • Prejudice • Social psychology and health • Review

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Contact Hours: 24 hours • Private Study Hours (Recommended): 126 hours The course will include lecture, discussion, and classroom activities based on assigned readings and lecture material. Students will also maintain a journal, in which they discuss material covered in class.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Wilson, T. D., Sommers, S. R., Akert, R. M., & Aronson, E. (2017). Social psychology: 9th Global Edition. 


Assessment Strategy

You will have a final, two-hour exam, which consists of multiple choice questions and an essay question.


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog 18%
Exam 80%
Research Participation 2%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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