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Unit information: Issues in Social Psychology in 2022/23

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Unit name Issues in Social Psychology
Unit code PSYC30017
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Park
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

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Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

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Units you may not take alongside this one

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

Unit Information

This unit provides in-depth coverage of core areas of social psychology as well as important interdisciplinary areas, including moral psychology, political psychology, consumer psychology and online behaviour. There will be a focus on understanding real-world societal problems from a scientific perspective, discussion of how research findings are disseminated, and the impact on policy that can follow.

The aims of the unit are to identify scientific knowledge and in research on social psychology and relevant interdisciplinary areas, and consider the role of empirical evidence in the formation of theory and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. Illustrate historical and ongoing issues in social psychological research as related to other research disciplines within psychology
  2. Analyse contemporary issues in social psychology and apply different methodological approaches that enhance research in this field
  3. Explain the research process and analyse how a scientific perspective applies to real-world societal problems
  4. Summarise the relevance and impact of social psychological research in society

How you will learn

Self-paced online learning materials will be supported with regular live sessions.

These live sessions will take a variety of different forms depending on the focus of the week, but will typically include Q&A based on the weeks' content, student discussion groups and/or Q&A with invited speakers.

How you will be assessed

1 x 1600-word coursework (50%) and 1 x timed assessment (50%)

Resources

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. PSYC30017).

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.

Assessment
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.

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