Social Psychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5033

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • 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

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

For MSc Psychological Science 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses



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

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

■ Critically 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.

■ Critically 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 their specialist knowledge to real-world situations.

■ Analyse critically 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.