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Social Psychology (PGT Conv ODL) PSYCH5087

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • 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



At the end of the course students will submit for summative assessment a selection of their contributions to a number of online debates. Students will be given the opportunity to contribute as many position statements (no more than 700 words) and reply posts (no more than 400 words) throughout the debate period. From these contributions students will then select their best position statement, and two best replies to create a portfolio of 3 pieces totalling no more than 1500 words.

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:

■ Critical awareness 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 evaluate methodology and generalisability of classic and contemporary social psychological research.

■ Critically evaluate 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.