BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Introduction to Social Psychology

Unit code PSYC10711
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 lab-based sessions. 


The unit aims to provide an introduction to the discipline of Social Psychology, and provide students with knowledge of central topics and key areas of research inquiry in this field.


Teaching and learning methods

This course is delivered via the following:

            18 hours of lectures

            4 x 2-hour practical sessions

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

Identify the range of research approaches used to investigate social psychological research questions

Describe how processes of social cognition contribute to our understanding of social perception and behaviour

Recognise the limitations imposed by particular design decisions

Intellectual skills

Interpret research findings in key social psychological topics

Apply social psychological theories to understand contemporary social issues

Objectively interpret the results of analyses in the context of the research design

Practical skills

Carry out a piece of practical social psychology, with guidance

Write an introduction and method section in a clear and coherent report format.

Write a research report or an essay in accordance with APA guidelines

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Question and reflect on obstacles to diversity, tolerance and social inclusion as experienced in their personal and future professional lives

Present information, ideas and arguments in written form with due regard to the target audience and discipline conventions

Sustain and develop cogent and coherent arguments

Work in a group to solve problems

Assessment methods

A 60 minute multiple choice exam (with 75 questions) worth 60% and a 1500 word essay worth 40%

Feedback methods

Throughout the course there will be a discussion board on Blackboard; I will monitor this and respond to questions and follow up on the talking points that arise. There will also be practice multiple choice questions to test your knowledge ahead of the exam. Ahead of the January exam we will have a revision session where we can revisit topics and ideas
from earlier in the course. You will be able to send me your questions and topics for inclusion in this session so that we can shape the session around them.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 72.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Farr Unit coordinator

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