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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY2008 Module Title: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 2 FOR APS
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.204A(SOC)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: FIFE-SCHAW CR Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Runs in semester one only.

Assessment Pattern
1) One 1200 word coursework essay [weighted at 25%]

2) A one hour examination paper [weighted at 75%]
Module Overview

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

Module Aims

The aim of this course is for students to 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 and scope of social psychology, be aware of the problems of applying social psychology and have a knowledge of applications of social psychological explanations to real world events. While the subject matter of the course is diverse, four persistent themes unify the field of social psychology and this course; 
*Social behaviour is produced by the interaction of personality factors and social situations. 
*Social contexts determine behaviour much more than common sense would make you think. 
*Social psychology research questions are formed within social and historical contexts. 
*Good social psychology is theoretical and 'shuttling between the lab and the field'

Module Content
How to change people's attitudes; The Yale Communication Project 
Moving on from the Yale Communication Project 
Dual route models of persuasion 
The problem of medical non-compliance; how to get people to stay healthy 
Applying social cognition models to changing health behaviours 
Are our health behaviours really under our personal control? 
Implicit gender norms and implicit sexism in language. 
Metaphor and implicature. 
Gender stereotypes. 
Gender roles and attribution of gender differences. 
Physical attraction 
Introduction to Group Psychology.
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, S.A. (2004) Psychology in organizations: A social identity approach. Sage. London.
Haslam, S.A., Jetten, J., Postmes, T. and Haslam, C. (Eds) (2009). Social identity, health and well-being. Applied Psychology: An International Review, vol 58, 1-192 [Special issue].
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
Last Updated

Nov 2010