Social Psychology 3H PSYCH4036

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • 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 the Social Psychology.



Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours Psychology is guaranteed by a B2 average over Psychology 2A and 2B. To enter level 4 honours, a satisfactory performance in level 3 honours is required as well as the fulfilment of College regulations


Assessment will involve a group presentation (4/5 students, 25%) and written assessment (2,500 words, 75%). 

Course Aims

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Understand and have awareness of current issues in key social psychological research, including; appreciation of contemporary cross-cultural research; the role of minorities in social influence; the definition and categorisation of groups and group behaviour; critical appreciation of leadership; social influence and inter-group behaviour.

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

■ Summarise, criticise and discuss issues relating to classic and contemporary social psychological research.

■ Apply special knowledge to real-world situations.

■ Analyse evidence where social psychology has helped solve an applied problem such as leadership education or prejudice.

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