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Unit information: Introduction to Social Psychology in 2013/14

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Unit name Introduction to Social Psychology
Unit code PSYC10007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rowe
Open unit status Open




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


This unit provides an introduction to social psychology. It focuses on behaviour in the context of social interaction, with emphasis on experimental findings. Study of such topics as interpersonal judgement and perception, social attraction, aggression, prejudice and social influence, including attitude formation and persuasion, conformity and social modelling.

Intended learning outcomes

This unit aims to expose you to how social psychologists think, how they do research, and what the results of the research mean (note: they might not mean what you think they mean). It is easy to philosophise about psychology, but philosophical speculation is not fact. In evaluating claims, focus on the data. Finally, we hope to use this class to help sharpen up some of those skills that you will need in the real world: how to prepare, how to read, how to use what you learn in the real world, and how to analyse critically real-world situations in terms of social psychological ideas and principles.

Teaching details

This unit comprises of 16 x 50 minutes lectures, plus personal tutorial meetings with your tutor as arranged (for Honours students). Plus 1 unit overview session and a final session for the end of unit exam.

Assessment Details

  • 50% coursework
  • 50% MCQ examination

Reading and References

  • Schacter, D.l., Gilbert, D.T., Wegner, D.M. & Hood, B. (2011). Psychology. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.