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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY1004 Module Title: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 1
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.104 (SOC)
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: GLEIBS IH Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Runs once per year, across both semesters.

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting towards Module Mark (%)
Essay (1200 words)
MCQ (1.5 hours)
Module Overview

All other Level 1 Psychology modules are co-requisites

Module Aims
The module aims to introduce social psychology to first year psychology and applied psychology and sociology students.  In particular, it will provide students with an understanding of social psychology as an evidence-based discipline through the presentation of empirical studies and theoretical models.  Students will be shown how theoretical developments and research questions evolve in social psychology through the presentation of classic and contemporary research.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be aware of the fundamental theories and concepts in social psychology and be able to understand links between different theoretical social psychological issues and everyday social situations.

Module Content

The module will comprise five areas:

A. Basic interpersonal processes: Cooperation and communication. 
B. Social perception: Attribution, inference, self presentation and impression management
C. Social influence processes: Informal bases of influence; leadership, authority and obedience
D. Group processes: Decision making in groups; group performance and productivity
E. Interpersonal relations: Forming and maintaining social connections

Methods of Teaching/Learning


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading;

Baron, Byrne & Branscombe (2006). Social Psychology.(11th ed). Boston: Pearson.

Hogg,M.A.,& Vaughn,G.M.(2008). Social Psychology (5th ed). Prentice

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