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Unit information: Introduction to Social Psychology in 2018/19

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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. Park
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 an emphasis on experimental findings.

The aims of this unit are to cover the ways in which social psychologists think, how they carry out research, and what the results of this research mean.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken within social psychology relating to social perception and cognition.
  2. Recognise the empirical evidence used to study a range of key cognitive capacities involved in social interactions.
  3. Define the methodologies and techniques used in social psychology.

Teaching details

Weekly lectures, and a revision session.

Assessment Details

Multiple-choice examination (100%).

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard.