Social Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYH1043
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Michele Birtel


Pre and co requisites



The aims of this module are to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories in social psychology, to develop students’ understanding of the relevance of social psychological theories and empirical findings to applied situations, to critically evaluate traditional and recent theories in social psychology, to demonstrate the historical context of key concepts in social psychology.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Describe and evaluate the range of research methodologies and strategies which social and developmental psychologists call upon, including a critique of their strengths and short-comings.
2 Have an understanding of social, environmental and genetic roles in childhood and adulthood.
3 Give a critical account of studies of prejudice, social influence, and persuasion.
4 Have a clear understanding of theories of intra- and inter-group processes and their impact on social life.

Indicative content

Attitude Change, Majority and Minority Influence, Leadership, Group formation, Group performance, Social Identity, Prejudice. Transferable Employability Skills.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and seminars. Seminar activities will include discussions of journal articles and other activities involving exploration of theories, evidence and applications. Seminars will also include quizzes and multiple choice questions.


Social Psychology exam - 100%
LO - 1-4.
Pass mark - 40%
Approx. 750 words per answer (approx. 1500 total).
A take home seen exam, in which students select 2 questions from a choice of 6. Students will be given the questions 1 week prior to the exam submission date and will be asked to complete the exam at home and submit it online.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Quizzes, multiple choice tests, peer feedback.