Social Psychology: Understanding and addressing social problems - PSYC8170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Katie Goodbun checkmark-circle


In this module students will learn a framework for applying social psychology, and will develop an advanced understanding of how to apply social psychology theory and research to understanding, addressing and evaluating social and practical problems. The module invites practitioners to showcase how they use and apply social psychology theories in their field of work to help shape their understanding of human behaviour and develop effective interventions and solutions. It deals with the application of social psychology concepts and methods to significant real-world problems and issues.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Social Psychology

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Lay Audience Article (1,500 words) – 30%*
Intervention Assignment (2,500 words) – 70%*
*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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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the application of social psychological science to problems in a range of contexts, such as health, clinical, forensic, organisational, political and policy settings.
2. Appreciate the varied modes of interface between fundamental and applied research in social psychology, ranging from the development, testing and refinement of theory to evidence-based professional practice.
3. Analyse social psychological aspects of problems in a range of applied contexts and to identify the means by which change can be achieved.
4. Demonstrate expertise in the design and implementation of different research and evaluation methodologies.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of issues involved in applying social psychological theory and methods


  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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