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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY2007 Module Title: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 2
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.204 (SOC)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: FIFE-SCHAW CR Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Run once throughout the year.

Assessment Pattern
1.One 1200 word coursework essay [25%]

2. One two hour examination paper* [75%]
* the format of the exam is that you answer two questions from a choice 6 unseen questions
Module Overview

Successful completion of all Level 1 core Psychology modules. All other Level 2 Psychology modules are co-requisites

Module Aims

The aim of this course is to have students explore the theories, methodologies and practice of social psychology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the nature, scope, and applications of social psychology, and should be able to draw on this material to suggest solutions to real-world problems.  While the subject matter of the course is diverse, four persistent themes unify the field of social psychology and this course;

1. Social behaviour is produced by the interaction of personality factors and social situations.
2. Social contexts determine behaviour much more than common sense would make you think.
3.Social psychology's research questions are formed within social and historical contexts.
4. Good social psychology is theoretical and applied; 'shuttling between the lab and the field'.

Module Content

Semester 1 

Week 1 : How to change people's attitudes - The Yale Communication Project (CFS)
Week 2 : Moving on from the Yale Communication Project (CFS)
Week 3 : Dual route models of persuasion (CFS)
Week 4 : The problem of medical non-compliance - how to get people to stay healthy (CFS)
Week 5 : Applying social cognition models to changing health behaviours (CFS)
Week 6 : Are our health behaviours really under our personal control? (CFS)
Week 7 : Making men the norm in language, labelling and psychological thinking. (PH)
Week 8 : Metaphors about sex and gender in everyday thinking (PH)
Week 9 : Gender identities and gender roles in historical perspective (PH)
Week 10 : Gender stereotypes and gender differences (PH)

Semester 2 

Week 1 : Physical attraction - biology or social processes? (CFS)
Week 2 : History of group psychology (LM)
Week 3 : Early group studies (LM)
Week 4 : Social identity theory (LM)
Week 5 : Self-categorisation theory (LM)
Week 6 : Individuals negotiating groups (LM)
Week 7 : Organizations as groups  (LM)
Week 8 : Gender, groups and organizations (LM)
Week 9 : The role of groups in health psychology (LM)
Week 10 : Groups in society (LM)


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, optional tutorials and independent student reading.

Selected Texts/Journals

Students will be expected to read original journal articles available in the Library and on-line.  As general background texts the following are recommended. The main readings will be listed on the syllabus..

Bem, S. (1993). The lenses of gender: Transforming the debate on sexual inequality. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

 Fiske, S.T. (2004). Social Beings: A core motives approach to social psychology. John Wiley.

 Haslam. (2004). Psychology in Organizations: A social identity approach. Sage. London .

 Haslam, Jetten, J., Postmes, T. and Haslam, C. (Eds.) (2009). Social identity, health and well-being. Special Issue of Applied Psychology: An International Review, Vol. 58, pages 1-192.

 Hogg, M.A. and Vaughn, G.M. (2005). Social psychology (4th ed.). Pearson Prentice Hall; London

 Ogden, J. (2007). Health psychology: A textbook (4th ed.). Berkshire, : Open University Press













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