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PS3520: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 28 Nov 2022 13:01


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Neil Macrae

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week s 26 - 30
  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 27 - 28

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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Written feedback on written assignment within 3 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

Word Count 1200
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding everyday social phenomena.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate and articulate how research in social psychology can inform societal issues
FactualRememberStudents will be able to describe major social psychological theories and central findings from contemporary research in core topics in the area.
ReflectionUnderstandStudents will become aware of the moral and ethical implications of social psychological theory and research

Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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30 Multiple Choice Questions over 30 minutes. Example exam questions in lectures. Access to exam script and marking guidelines on request.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding everyday social phenomena.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate and articulate how research in social psychology can inform societal issues
FactualRememberStudents will be able to describe major social psychological theories and central findings from contemporary research in core topics in the area.
ReflectionUnderstandStudents will become aware of the moral and ethical implications of social psychological theory and research

Formative Assessment

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

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Resit Assessments

Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberStudents will be able to describe major social psychological theories and central findings from contemporary research in core topics in the area.
ReflectionUnderstandStudents will become aware of the moral and ethical implications of social psychological theory and research
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate and articulate how research in social psychology can inform societal issues
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding everyday social phenomena.

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