Social Psychology: Theoretical approaches and current debates - PSYC8020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Ben Ruisch checkmark-circle


The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the current conceptual debates within Social Psychology and an appreciation of how practitioners apply psychology in their work. You study the major theoretical models and perspectives, including social cognition, stereotyping, group and interpersonal processes and intergroup relations.


Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Analyse the social psychological aspects of problems in a range of applied contexts (e.g. health, legal, organisational, and educational settings)
8.2. Demonstrate expertise in the design and implementation of different research and evaluation methodologies
8.3. Show an appreciation of the theoretical and meta-theoretical issues involved in utilising a social psychological approach
8.4. Demonstrate understanding of the social psychological processes and means by which change can be achieved at individual and organisational level.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature
9.2. Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research
9.3. Demonstrate the ability to express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form


  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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