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Unit information: Social Psychology and Individual Differences in 2020/21

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Unit name Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Unit code EDUC20008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Shelley McKeown Jones
Open unit status Not open

Introduction to Psychology in Education



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


Individuals live in a social word. The aim of this unit is to bring together and conduct research on individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes to understand human behaviour. Throughout the unit, students will engage with theories and empirical research which will be applied to understand real world phenomena. The unit will begin by outlining individual differences, such as the self and attitude formation, and will then move on to interpersonal processes, such as social cognition, attributions, close relationships and altruism, and end with group processes including social influences and intergroup relations (e.g., prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination). Students will engage in practical classes each week which will focus on hands-on activities to illustrate the individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes presented in lectures. Throughout, students will be required to consider ethical issues in this field.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  1. understood the importance of individual, interpersonal and social processes in explaining human behavior;
  2. explored the way in which individual, interpersonal and intergroup processes relate to and complement each other;
  3. an awareness of the ethical issues and practices of the field;
  4. the ability to summarise key materials and present in both oral and written form;
  5. an awareness of different research methods used in psychology and how they offer understanding of psychological phenomena.

Teaching details

This unit will consist of a blend of lecture and applied activities. Each week will introduce a new core area of social psychology, with practicals that focus on research-informed activities to explore these concepts. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis.

Assessment Details

ILO 1,2, 4, 5: Presentation and summary (20%)

Students will submit and deliver a 15 minute group presentation (10%) as well as prepare a 200 word individual abstract summarising the presentation (10%). Each individual student should submit a copy of the group slides as well as their own abstract.

ILO 1-3, 5: Take home exam (80%)

During examine period, students will complete a take home exam that will cover material presented in the unit

Reading and References

Essential (Core text):

Crisp, R., & Turner, R.N. (2011). Essential Social Psychology. London: Sage.

Suggestions for recommended and further reading will be made separately through Blackboard