Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology - SP302

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 4 30 (15) PROF K Douglas checkmark-circle


This module, along with other Stage 1 psychology modules, provides a foundation for Stages 2 and 3. It will provide students with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of social psychology. The emphasis of the module is on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. It highlights the interplay between theory, research, and application in social psychology. Focus is placed on core theories and research in social psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology, and applied psychology. The module is taught through lectures and skills workshops.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

51 hours (lectures & seminars)

Method of assessment

40% Coursework. Formed of an essay (20%) and a study skills assignment (20%).
60% Examination

Indicative reading

Core reading:
Sutton, R.M., & Douglas, K.M. Social Psychology. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Supplementary reading:
Berk, L.E. (2009). Child Development (8th ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Supplementary reading:
Durkin, K. (1995). Developmental social psychology. Oxford: Blackwell.
Supplementary reading:
Pervin, L.A, Cervone, D. & John, O.P. (2005). Personality: Theory and research. (9th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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 Demonstrate understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods and theorising in social psychology
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in developmental psychology
8.4 Demonstrate subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring psychological issues

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate communication skills in written assignments
9.2 Demonstrate skills in critical reflection and analysis of relevant literature
9.3 Demonstrate computer literacy skills to retrieve, analyse and present information


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  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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