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PS3520: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Social Psychologists explore the psychological factors that influence individual behaviours within 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.

Topics covered within this lecture based course include: Stereotypes; social perception and action; self-control; consciousness and mimicry.

This course provides a scientific explanation for social phenomena, making it ideal for students with an interest in individual and group behaviour.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lynden Miles

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either PS2015 Advanced Psychology a - Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS2017 Advanced Psychology a - Concepts and Theory (Passed)
  • Either PS2515 Advanced Psychology B - Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS2517 Advanced Psychology B - Concepts and Theory (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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

The course will commence with a brief conceptual overview of experimental social psychology. Consideration will then be given to a range of core topics in social cognition. The historical context of each topic will be covered prior to an analysis of contemporary theoretical and empirical research.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with French
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with Gaelic
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with German
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with French
  • BSc Psychology with Gaelic
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies - Philosophy
  • MA Behavioural Studies with French
  • MA Behavioural Studies with Gaelic Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Business Management
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Sociology
  • MA Psychology
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Psychology Joint
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

24 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 90 minute written examination (75%), 750 word popular science article (20%), tutorial activities (5%).
Resit: One 90 minute written examination (75%), 750 word popular science article (20%), tutorial activities (5%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback on tutorial activities and on written assignments. Example exam questions in lectures.


Oral feedback on tutorial activities by the supervising tutor. Written feedback on written assignment within 3 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

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