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Course Overview

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Clare Kirtley

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Psychology (PS)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides a thorough foundation in two core research areas of psychology. Social Psychologists explore the psychological factors that influence behaviour in social situations. As such, the aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the range of topics within experimental social psychology, with a defined focus on social cognition. Developmental psychology lectures will ask the question “What does it mean to be human?” and will cover a range of psychological attributes that change with age. Lectures will introduce students to theories of perceptual, language, social and emotional development along with encouraging debate on some key conceptual issues (e.g. nature versus nurture).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x essay 40% each

2x group presentation 5% each

2x MCQ 5% each

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to critically evaluate contemporary theories in social and developmental psychology
FactualUnderstandStudents will be able to describe and explain theoretical explanations of social and developmental psychology
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate topics related to contemporary social and developmental psychology and to communicate this in coursework and exam essays.

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