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Unit information: Advanced Issues in Social Psychology in 2020/21

Unit name Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
Unit code PSYCM0054
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Park
Open unit status Not open

Students must not have taken PSYC30017



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


This unit provides in-depth coverage of core areas of social psychology as well as important interdisciplinary areas, including moral psychology, political psychology, consumer psychology and online behaviour. There will be a focus on understanding real-world societal problems from a scientific perspective, discussion of how research findings are disseminated, and the impact on policy that can follow.

The aims of the unit are to identify scientific knowledge and in research on social psychology and relevant interdisciplinary areas, and consider the role of empirical evidence in the formation of theory and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Appraise the historical and ongoing issues in social psychological research as related to broader disciplines within the social sciences
  2. Analyse contemporary issues in social psychology.
  3. Demonstrate and assess different methodological approaches within social psychological research
  4. Justify how the research process contributes to the application of a scientific perspective to real-world societal problems
  5. Defend the relevance and impact of social psychological research in society

Teaching details

Weekly lectures and seminars.

1 x synchronous 'seminar' per week. These will take a variety of different forms depending on the focus of the week, but will include Q&A based on the weeks' content, student discussion groups and Q&A with invited speakers.

Assessment Details

1 x 2000 word essay (50%) and 1 x open-book timed assessment (50%)

Reading and References

Readings accompanying lectures will be made available on Blackboard.