MEd Psychology of Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Social Psychology of Education

Unit code EDUC60732
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • To provide coverage of the BPS qualifying exam syllabus core area of Social Psychology.
  • To develop knowledge of the social psychological processes that impact on learning and teaching



  • To provide coverage of the BPS qualifying exam syllabus core area of Social Psychology.
  • To develop knowledge of the social psychological processes that impact on learning and teaching

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

  • Critically discuss and evaluate recent social psychological theory and research related to education.
  • Demonstrate critical insight into the role of intra-personal processes, inter-personal processes and wider socio-cultural influences in the classroom
  • Apply their learning to scenarios and educational settings.


Indicative Curriculum Content

  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • The Social Self
  • Perceptions of Others
  • Engagement and Motivation in the Classroom
  • Expectations in the Classroom
  • Friend or Foe? Inter-personal Relationships
  • Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour
  • Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  • Contemporary Issues and Future Directions


Teaching and learning methods

This course unit will be delivered using a variety of methods including lectures and tutorials. Students will be required to work both independently and in small groups and active student participation will be encouraged at all times.

Learning Hours:



Hours allocated

Teaching sessions


Private study


Directed reading




Total hours



Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Written communication (assignment).
  • Oral communication (contribution to discussion and debate).
  • Working with others (group work).
  • IT skills (word processing, accessing electronic databases and library facilities).
  • Analysis and synthesis of current literature.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods


Unit Feedback and Student Engagement

Student representation at both the programme and unit level plays an important role helping the quality of provision be upheld. MEd student representatives liaise between staff and students on matters of concern to either side; provide two-way feedback on the course and on teaching quality, and promote student involvement in course development. Student representatives participate in course review meetings (including a confidential meeting with external examiners) and feedback information from these meetings to other students.

At the end of each semester all students are asked to complete an on-line evaluation questionnaire for each course unit they have taken.  This anonymous feedback is circulated to unit leaders and supports quality assurance.

Formative assessment and written feedback to students is a key feature of this unit. Student are provided with an opportunity to complete an outline in advance of the submission deadline for assessed work and formative written feedback is provided when marking has been completed

Recommended reading


As with all units on the MEd, we like to offer a range of books and let you choose the combination that appeals to you.  As such, you are advised to have a look through them all first (either in the University Library or online). 

The Online version of this Reading List will show you where these core texts can be found in the library or online:


In addition to the recommended texts, you will be provided with an expanded reading list, including additional recommendations, reading lists of journal articles, chapters in edited texts and on-line resources that you are strongly encouraged to make use of.  You will also be expected to search relevant databases (e.g. PsycInfo) to find research that extends beyond explicit recommendations and the content covered in sessions.


Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ola Demkowicz Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This is a semester 2 unit

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