Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations - PSYC8130

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Module delivery information

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


This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on intergroup relations. The module builds upon knowledge gathered in the undergraduate degree on social and personality psychology. It will stress how social-psychological and personality theories in combination can explain intergroup processes. Emphasis will be placed on applying theoretical models and empirical findings to the analysis of real-world problems. Topics that will be addressed include social identity and social categorization, social inequality, prejudice, intergroup conflict and innervations to improve intergroup relations. The module relies primarily on research in social and personality psychology, but we will also consider perspectives from other fields, such as political science and sociology. This module relies heavily on student presentation, participation and student discussion.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 78
Total study hours: 200


Compulsory for:
MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Optional for:
MSc Research Methods in Psychology
MSc Social and Applied Psychology
MSc Developmental Psychology

Method of assessment

Presentation 30%
Extended Essay 3,000 words 70%

Reassessment methods: Like for like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Golec de Zavala, A., & Cichocka, A. (Eds.) (2013). Social Psychology of Social Problems. The Intergroup Context. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. (referred to as GZ&C)

We will also extensively use journal articles and reports for discussion in each seminar.

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 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the core domains of intergroup relation

8.2 Develop the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of theoretical and empirical perspectives that underpin the study of intergroup relations

8.3 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on intergroup relations

8.4 Develop the skill to apply the theoretical models to real-life social contexts

8.5 Develop the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate analyses of intergroup relations in speech and writing

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate writing, reading and oral skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature

9.2 Develop knowledge and understanding of intergroup relations

9.3 Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research and of peers

9.4 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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