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Social Psychology_ Psych Studies PSYCH3008

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This module provides a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary psychological theory and research principles in Social Psychology.



Requirements of Entry

A Grade D or better in Psychology 1A and 1B, and 2A and 2B.

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% (1 out of 3 questions).

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to provide a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary psychological theory and research in Social Psychology which will cover key research in social thinking, influence, and inter-group behaviour.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Show a detailed knowledge of current debate in key social psychological research, including contemporary cross-cultural research; social influence; minorities in social influence; groups and group behaviour; leadership; and inter-group relations.

■ Critically understand major models and theories within social psychology, including social identity theory, social comparison theory, self-perception theory.

■ Critically review methodology and generalisability of classic and contemporary social psychological research.

■ Critically analyse how social psychology can be applied to societal challenges such as discrimination, health behaviour or climate change

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment