FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS - 2017/8

Module code: PSYM093

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

FIFE-SCHAW CR Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C880

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 2

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 25%
Examination EXAM (90 MINUTES) 75%

Alternative Assessment

N/A A mark of 50% is required to pass each unit of assessment in the module.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This course is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in social psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline.

 

 

Module aims

That behaviour is a product of the person and the situation

That the roles of situational factors are systematically underestimated

That this underestimation is itself an effect of culture

That social psychological research represents an advance on “common sense” knowledge of the social world.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
A familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists KC
The capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology KC
The capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains KC
The ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to social psychological problems KCT
A full appreciation of the stages of the social psychological research process KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Lectures

1) Persuasion

2) Social influence

3) Implicit attitudes

4) The Social identity approach in social psychology

5) Group and intergroup behaviour

6) Stereotypes

7) Social Memory

8) Social cognition: About minds and bodies

9) Interpersonal attraction

10) Social cognition models as applied to health contexts

11) Self justification

Tutorials

The tutorials are based around reading key articles prior to the tutorials which are then critically evaluated via group discussions and short presentations in the sessions.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The eleven lectures will be of two hours' duration and the two tutorials, conducted in groups of approximately 30, will be in two-hour blocks.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students first-hand familiarity with the thinking and writing of foundational social psychologists,
Give them an enhanced literacy (including methodological and statistical literacy) of the current research in the field. 
Develop the capacity to explain and to narrate how research questions form and change in social psychology
Develop a critical understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the major research methods used in psychology


 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 


Lectures or 2hrs duration for 11 weeks
Two tutorials of 2 hours duration


All lecture and workshop notes, the reading lists, and additional learning materials are uploaded on SurreyLearn. There will be also SurreyLearn discussion board facilities for the MSc students which will help them to exchange learning experiences.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


their familiarity with the thinking and writing of major social psychological theorists, their social psychological literacy
a capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology
capacity to explain how social psychological research can inform practical matters of policy in a range of domains.
an ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to social psychological problems
their appreciation of the stages of the social psychological research process.


 

Outcomes 1-4 will be assessed by essay-based examination.

Outcomes 5 will be assessed by the social research methods essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One 90 minute unseen essay format examination (75%) (in formal semester exam period)
One social research methods essay (25%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Feedback on their research methods essay
Verbal feedback in tutorials
Verbal feedback in lectures

Reading list

Reading list for FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym093

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.