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Unit information: Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology in 2020/21

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Unit name Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
Unit code PSYC10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Park
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 and developmental psychology. It focuses both on behaviour in the context of social interaction, and on key stages of perceptual, cognitive and social development: taking a biological perspective where appropriate and placing an emphasis on experimental findings. The aims of this unit are to cover the ways in which social and developmental psychologists think, the major theoretical perspectives they might take, how they carry out research, and what the results of this research mean.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

- Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken within social and developmental psychology relating to perception and cognition. - Recognise the methodologies, techniques and empirical evidence used in social psychology to study a range of key cognitive capacities involved in social interactions. - Recognise the methodologies, techniques and empirical evidence used in developmental psychology especially those for studying young children.

Teaching Information

At the start of each week, asynchronous material will be provided (in bite-sized pieces where appropriate) along with 1) clear guidance on pre-reading (or pre-class activities), 2) lecture content itself, and 3) engagement activities. The teaching for each week will conclude with a synchronous session where feedback will be provided and questions from students answered.

Assessment Information

timed online multiple-choice examinations

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2019). Psychology (3rd European ed.). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Further/Recommended Reading:

To be provided in the form of book chapters and articles.