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PSYC3061 Intergroup Relations and Interpersonal Influence

Module Overview

This is an advanced module that exposes students to the scientific study of intergroup relations and interpersonal influence. The module will cover research illustrating the psychological underpinnings of persuasion, conformity, obedience, group/group-member interaction, and prejudice. Students will learn and discuss questions such as: How can individuals prevent others from taking advantage of them? Why is it difficult for different groups to co-exist peacefully? Why do some individuals hold radical ideologies?

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyze the major theories and the scientific evidence regarding intergroup relations and interpersonal influence
  • Identify the psychological factors that influence social behavior
  • Discuss and scrutinize the scientific methods used to study human social interaction
  • Apply intergroup and interpersonal theories to address personal and social problems
  • Think critically about the science of social and group interactions


1. Human Social Character and Conformity 2. Persuasion 3. Case Studies – Extreme Influence with Extreme Consequences 4. Culture – The Social Construction of Reality 5. Prejudice 6. Conflict 7. Terror Management Theory 8. Peace Making

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture Discussion/debate Course reading

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

A list of journal articles will be provided to students on Blackboard.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 69%
Reaction paper 15%
Reaction paper 15%
Research Participation 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

The only cost is the cost of printing the course readings, if the students choose to print them

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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