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Unit information: Introduction to Social Psychology in 2014/15

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Unit name Introduction to Social Psychology
Unit code PSYC10007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rowe
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to social psychology. It focuses on behaviour in the context of social interaction, with emphasis on experimental findings. Study of such topics as interpersonal judgement and perception, social attraction, aggression, prejudice and social influence, including attitude formation and persuasion, conformity and social modelling.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This unit aims to expose you to how social psychologists think, how they do research, and what the results of the research mean (note: they might not mean what you think they mean). It is easy to philosophise about psychology, but philosophical speculation is not fact. In evaluating claims, focus on the data. Finally, we hope to use this class to help sharpen up some of those skills that you will need in the real world: how to prepare, how to read, how to use what you learn in the real world, and how to analyse critically real-world situations in terms of social psychological ideas and principles. Further to this, by the end of the unit you will have engaged with active research at the School of Experimental Psychology.

Teaching Information

This unit comprises 12 x 50 minutes lectures, plus a 50 minute revision session for the end of unit examinations. Students will also participate in 2 hours’ worth of experiments at the School of Experimental Psychology.

Assessment Information

  • This unit is assessed 100% MCQ examination
  • Participation in 2 hours’ worth of the Experimental Hours Scheme is required for the award of credit.

Reading and References

Schacter, D.l., Gilbert, D.T., Wegner, D.M & Hood, B. (2011). Psychology. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.