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Unit information: Social Psychology and Individual Differences in 2021/22

Unit name Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Unit code EDUC20008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Shelley McKeown Jones
Open unit status Not open

Introduction to Psychology in Education



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Individuals live in a social word. The aim of this unit is to bring together and conduct research on individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes to understand human behaviour. Throughout the unit, students will engage with theories and empirical research which will be applied to understand real world phenomena. The unit will begin by outlining individual differences, such as the self and attitude formation, and will then move on to interpersonal processes, such as social cognition, attributions, close relationships and altruism, and end with group processes including social influences and intergroup relations (e.g., prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination). Students will engage in practical classes each week which will focus on hands-on activities to illustrate the individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes presented in lectures. Throughout, students will be required to consider ethical issues in this field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  1. understood the importance of individual, interpersonal and social processes in explaining human behavior;
  2. explored the way in which individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes relate to and complement each other;
  3. an awareness of the ethical issues and practices of the field;
  4. the ability to summarise key materials and present in both oral and written form;
  5. an awareness of different research methods used in psychology and how they offer understanding of psychological phenomena.

Teaching Information

This unit will consist of a blend of lecture and applied activities. Each week will introduce a new core area of social psychology, with practicals that focus on research-informed activities to explore these concepts. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis.

Assessment Information


Draft blog: During the Seminar in Week 3, the structure of a blog post will be outlined and you will be given an opportunity to discuss and draft a blog. In the Seminar Week 4, drafts of the blogs will be peer reviewed. See Assessment Guidelines for more information.

Example Exam Questions: The seminar session in Week 11 will be an exam review session, including practice questions


Blogs (2 x 10% each): Students will submit two 500 word blogs (weighted 10% each). Each blog will explain how theory and research related to individual, interpersonal, and social processes can be used to explain real-world situations. One blog will focus on topics covered in weeks 1-4 and the other will focus on topics covered in weeks 6-11. (ILO 1,2, 4, 5)

Exam (80%): During the exam period, students will complete a multiple choice exam that will cover material presented in the unit. (ILO 1-3, 5)


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EDUC20008).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.