BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Topics and Issues in Social Psychology

Unit code PSYC21701
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit builds upon the social psychological topics introduced in First Year; students will be expected to be familiar with basic ideas and concepts as covered in PSYC10711 Introduction to Social Psychology


The unit aims to further develop students' understanding of topics in Social Psychology. Building upon the foundations in First Year, topics are explored in depth to allow students to develop critical skills and knowledge in this area.


Teaching and learning methods

This course is delivered via 18 hours of lectures, and four 2-hour seminars around key topics of inquiry

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources including media relevant to key topics, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

  • understand major theoretical models of the attribution process and the major applications of attribution theory
  • understand the nature of their attitudes, their formation and their relationship to behaviour
  • understand how attitude change can be achieved
  • understand theoretical approaches in social psychology to intergroup conflict

Intellectual skills

  • critically evaluate theories in key social psychological topics
  • interpret research findings in key social psychological topics
  • apply social psychological theories to understand contemporary social issues

Practical skills

  • plan and write an essay on a social psychological topic

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments

Assessment methods

Final Examination (1 essay and 25 MCQs) lasting 90 minutes and worth 100% of unit. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Seminars 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Doron Cohen Unit coordinator

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