Groups In Action - PSYC6030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Tim Hopthrow checkmark-circle


This module offers an exciting opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge research into groups. You will understand and apply group research to social policy, business, politics, marketing, etc. and get the chance to consider current affairs and personal experiences with the opportunity for small group discussions and team work. Example topics: decision-making in groups, alcohol and group processes, leadership, organisational identity, improving cooperation in groups.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


The module is compulsory for the following courses:

BSc Business Psychology and BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year

The module is optional for the following courses

BSc Psychology with a Placement Year
BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
BSc Psychology
BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology
BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology
BSc Psychology with a Year Abroad

Method of assessment

Group Exercise 1 10%
Group Exercise 2 10% - combined word count 2400 words for all three exercises
Group Exercise 3 10%
Examination 2 hours 70%

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.

Reassessment methods: Like for like
NB – For the avoidance of doubt, in the case of failed group exercises requiring reassessment, students will be asked to re-submit these as individual assignments, each of 500-words in length, avoiding duplication of any previously submitted material.

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The following textbooks are 'advisory', but it is not necessary for students to purchase them.

Abrams, D., Hogg, M.A., & Marques, J.M., The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion. New York/London: Psychology Press (2005).
Baron, R.S. & Kerr, N.L., Group Process, Group Decision, Group Action (2nd edition). Philadelphia: Open University Press (2003).
Forsyth, D. R., Group Dynamics (5th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth (2010).
Hogg, M.A. & Tindale, S., Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes (2003).

In addition, readings from empirical journals will be notified to students and posted to Moodle ahead of the relevant lecture.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Demonstrate critical reflection and conceptual understanding when considering the diversity of perspectives underpinning the study of conflict, cooperation and relationships in groups.
Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on group conflict, cooperation and relationships
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of conflict, cooperation and relationships in groups.
Develop the ability to evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the application of theory and research to groups.
Demonstrate an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Groups in Action.

Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature.
Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research.
Understand how to work effectively in groups.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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