Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology - PSYC3020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Niamh MCLOUGHLIN checkmark-circle


This module, along with other Stage 1 psychology modules, provides a foundation for Stages 2 and 3. It will provide students with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of social psychology and developmental psychology. The emphasis of the module is on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. It highlights the interplay between theory, research, and application in both social psychology and developmental psychology. In one part of the module, focus is placed on core theories and research in, as well as applications of, social psychology. In the other part of the module, focus is placed on core theories and research in, as well as applications of, developmental psychology. Each part begins with an overview of the historical development of the subject before introducing students to current theories and methods.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 51
Private study hours: 249
Total study hours: 300


This module is available only to Kent students studying Psychology. Not available as elective. Not available to short-term credit students.

Method of assessment

Study Skills Assignment 800 words 20%
Essay 1,200 words 20%
Examination 2 hours 60%

Reassessment method
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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 students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods and theorising in social psychology
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in developmental psychology
8.4 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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