Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Social Psychology (PGT Conv ODL) PSYCH5087

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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



At the end of the course students will submit for summative assessment their contribution to two online debates from a choice of three. Each debate will invite students to write a position statement (500-600 words, depending on the nature of the question asked) to answer a research question set by the teacher about social psychological phenomena and related to the ILO's of the course; and at least two responses to their peers' posts (200-250 words each). From two different debates student will pick a position statement and two responses to their peers that they feel represent their best writing for the task and add a short (up to 300 word) statement reflecting on how their understanding of the issues in social psychology have evolved and/or their development of critical evaluation and wiring skills through the course. This will comprise the final summative assessment. In total the final assessment will be up to 2500 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:

■ Critically understand current issues in key social psychological research, including: contemporary cross-cultural research, for example in the social construction of self; the definition and categorisation of groups and group behaviour; critical appreciation of leadership, attributional processes, close relationships, attitudes and self and identity.

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

■ Critically evaluate issues relating to classic and contemporary social psychological research.

■ Critically evaluate where social psychology has helped solve an applied problem such as prejudice or health behaviour.

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.