Advanced Social Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC0045
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Rebecca Smith



- To extend the student's knowledge and understanding of the social psychological nature and causes of behaviour in a range of complex social situations.
- To critically evaluate theoretical explanations, methodological approaches and research findings in social psychology by testing them against a number of significant social issues.
- To extend the students understanding and confidence in using social psychological theories, methods and research findings in attempting to understand social phenomena.
- To deepen students’ knowledge of the historical context of key concepts.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Describe and understand the range of theories, methodologies and research strategies that the social psychologist can call upon and be able to critically evaluate their strengths and shortcomings in relation to significant contemporary social issues.
2. Analytically apply social theoretical theory and research to personal experience.
3. Understand ethical issues underlying social psychological research and be able to identify ways of addressing them.
4. Understand the historical context of competing social psychological perspectives and concepts.

Indicative content

• Applying Social Psychology
• Social influence and social perceptions
• Personal and social identity
• Categorisation, prejudice its development and reduction
• Critical approaches to social psychology

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, virtual guided seminar/work groups (via electronic mail), film and exercises. The emphasis in this Module is very much on participative learning; students will be expected to make a significant contribution. Whilst some of the work will be lecturer led students will be expected to reflect on their own observations, to understand and validate the theories, methodologies and research findings of social psychology.


Take-home test: 80% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Outline Details: Students have to answer two questions.

Reflection coursework: 20% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 1 & 2. Word Length: 500 words. Outline Details: Students reflect on the performance of their study group and their experience of working together.

Formative Assessment: Group Quiz, Group Poster.