Social Psychology (PGT Conv ODL) PSYCH5087

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

A critical and contemporary evaluation of Social Psychological theory and research.



Requirements of Entry

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent

Excluded Courses



One written assignment (2000 word literature review) weighted at 90%. Titles will be based on the lecture topics. Students will be able to select from a range of lecture / review topics on which to base their literature review.

Set Exercise (10%): Each student will create a short 5 minute film using phones, iPads, computer, cameras etc., where they speak over a PowerPoint presentation or other images. Their task will be to research a topic area and critically discuss a key area in the literature. This should include some consideration of the application of the work to understanding real world problems, demonstrating their understanding of psychological literacy. Transferable skills developed in addition to academic include digital literacy and communication through novel formats.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to provide a broad-based critical 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:

■ Critically understand and have awareness of current issues in key social psychological research, including; contemporary cross-cultural research for example in the social construction of self and cultural impact on attribution; the role of minorities in social influence; the definition and categorisation of groups and group behaviour; leadership; social influence and inter-group behaviour, close relationships, attitudes, stereotyping, prejudice and applying social psychology.

■ Describe and evaluate major models and theories within social psychology, including social cognition and evolutionary psychology, social identity theory, social comparison theory, self-perception theory.

■ Explain the main theories of social facilitation and social loafing and group behaviour such as communication, status, roles and leadership.

■ Evaluate the empirical evidence of theories and intergroup conflict comparing realistic conflict theory with that of social categorisation theory.

■ Critically evaluate where social psychology has helped solve an applied problem such as 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.