Social Psychology and Health 4H PSYCH4083

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers social psychological theory and research with implications for health and health behaviour, with a special focus on conscious and nonconscious processes, and on intervention tools for promoting health.


10 hours of lectures/seminars over a 5 week block

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 3H psychology single honours or equivalent

Excluded Courses





Students will write a group opinion column for a newspaper (1000 words) (50%).

In addition, students will give an individual, scientific presentation for academic peers (50%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to encourage students to engage with social psychological research on health and health behaviour, and with applications of psychological knowledge to societal issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ compare conscious and nonconscious influences on behaviour as well as their interplay in health

■ evaluate research methods for studying conscious and nonconscious influences on behaviour as well as their interplay

■ appraise behaviour change techniques that can be applied to real-world problems

■ evaluate intervention approaches

■ apply social psychological theories to societal issues in Health

■ assess policy implications of psychological research

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.