Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology - PSYC3020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Karen Douglas checkmark-circle


This module, along with other Stage 1 psychology modules, provides a foundation for Stages 2 and 3. It will provide you with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of social psychology and developmental psychology. The emphasis is on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. The interplay between theory, research, and application in both social psychology and developmental psychology are highlighted.

The module is in two parts, on social and developmental psychology respectively, and focusing on core theories, research and applications. Each begins with an overview of the historical development of the subject before introducing you to current theories and methods.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300


Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc Business Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year

Method of assessment

Essay (1500 words) 40%
Examination (2 hours) 60%
Both elements are pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment method: Like for like.

**Please note that the exam in May/June 2023 will be In Person**

Indicative reading

Core reading:
Sutton, R.M., & Douglas, K.M. (2013). Social psychology. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
Gillibrand, R., Lam, V. & O'Donnell, V.L. (2011). Developmental psychology. London: Prentice Hall.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods and theorising in social psychology
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in developmental psychology
4. Demonstrate subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring psychological issues


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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