Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations - PSYC8130

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
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. 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

Private Study: 180
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Political Psychology

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Social Psychology
• MSc Developmental Psychology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Presentation (30%)
Extended Essay 3000 words (70%)*
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods
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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 advanced knowledge of the core domains of intergroup relation
2 Develop the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of theoretical and empirical perspectives that underpin the study of intergroup relations
3 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on intergroup relations
4 Develop the skill to apply the theoretical models to real-life social contexts
5 Develop the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate analyses of intergroup relations.


  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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