Social Psychology: Understanding and addressing social problems - PSYC8170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
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

22 hours


Compulsory to MSc Social Psychology

Method of assessment

Lay audience article (1,500 words) 30%
Intervention Assignment (2,500 words) 70%

Reassessment: Like for Like

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Understand the application of social psychological science to problems in a range of contexts, such as health, clinical, forensic, organisational, political and gerontological settings.
8.2. 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.
8.3. Analyse social psychological aspects of problems in a range of applied contexts and to identify the means by which change can be achieved.
8.4. Demonstrate expertise in the design and implementation of different research and evaluation methodologies.
8.5. 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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