Social Psychology: Theoretical approaches and current debates - PSYC8020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Ben Ruisch checkmark-circle


The module aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge of the core theories, approaches, and research in contemporary social psychology. It deals with the major theoretical models and perspectives in social psychology including social cognition, stereotyping, group and interpersonal processes and intergroup relations, focusing on the role of critical thinking in evaluating social psychological research.


Contact hours

Private Study: 180
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Social Psychology

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Developmental Psychology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Critical Review (2,000 words) – 40%*
Essay (3,000 words) – 60%*
* this element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of core topics and debates in social psychology
2 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of core theoretical approaches in social psychology
3 Show an appreciation of the theoretical and meta-theoretical issues involved in utilising a social psychological approach
4 Demonstrate a critical understanding of social psychological theory and research.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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