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Unit information: Individual and Social Cognition in 2020/21

Unit name Individual and Social Cognition
Unit code PSYC20008
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rowe
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit develops students’ knowledge of social and developmental psychology and individual differences in behaviour. Across these topics students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour. The course provides key coverage of areas required for accreditation by the professional body, the British Psychological Society.

The aims of this unit are to build upon the social and developmental components of our Year 1 Foundations of Psychology course, and to provide coverage of individual differences. The unit will address key issues in these areas, drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience.

Intended learning outcomes

1) Describe contemporary theories and findings in Social and Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences.

2) Give examples of methodological approaches to the study of Social and Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences.

3) Apply knowledge of Social and Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences to understand human behaviour.

4) Recognise the conceptual and historical roots of Social and Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences.

Teaching details

Lecture content (the equivalent of 4 lectures for any one lecturer) will be released asynchronously and supported by a synchronous tutorial. During "teaching weeks" (6 weeks in the unit), different groups of students engage with the content from different lecturers for that week (including the synchronous tutorial that week). Essay guidance tutorials are scheduled in week 5 after students have had a week to engage with their chosen essay topic. Weeks 4, 6 and 7 are free from scheduled teaching activities and students are expected to engage with their essay. They can access their lecturers through the forum and through (virtual) drop-in sessions. Week 11 is reserved for essay feedback (asynchronous) and synchronous essay feedback tutorials.

Assessment Details

1 x 1600 word essay (50%) and 1 x open book timed assessment (50%)

Reading and References

Textbook guidance for introduction to material, but the majority of essential reading will be various journal articles that will be provided at the start of the unit