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Attitudes and Social Cognition - SP612

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Convenor 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Canterbury Spring Higher
Higher level module taken in stages 2 and 3 of an undergraduate degree
15 (7.5) Weick Dr M active active active

The information below applies to the 2014-15 session

Synopsis

This module is concerned with contemporary concepts, theories and findings in this broad area of social psychology and how they may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups and society. We will address the question how individuals form and maintain an understanding of themselves, other people, and the world they are living in. Drawing on cognitive principles, we will study the processes that underlie human judgments, behaviour, and decision making in real-life contexts. Students will have the opportunity to propose new research to address an unanswered research question, and apply their knowledge to represent scientific psychology more fully and accurately to the wider public.

Details

Restrictions

Not available as a ‘wild’ module

Contact hours

One two-hour lecture/seminar per week

Method of assessment

A written examination (50%) and two written coursework assignments, consisting of a research proposal in poster-format (maximum 1,500 words - 30% of final mark), and a new or revised annotated Wikipedia entry (offline; maximum 400 words – 20% of final mark). (NB: In the case of short-term exchange students whose registration ends before the summer term, the examination may be replaced by a single piece of coursework of increased length.)

Preliminary reading

  • Kunda, Z. (1999). Social cognition: Making sense of people. London: MIT Press.
  • Bless, H., Fiedler, K., & Strack, F. (2004). Social cognition: How individuals construct social reality. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Maio, G. R. & Haddock, G. G. (2010). The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change. London, UK: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
  • Critically evaluating concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
  • Conceiving research to address limitations and gaps in concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
  • Identifying gaps and limitations in the ways concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition are presented to the wider public
  • Demonstrating an awareness of how concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups, and society
  • Develop an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Attitudes and Social Cognition

Pre-requisites

No pre-requisites

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Last Updated: 23/10/2014