Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology - SP302

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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4 30 (15) MISS H Rolfe




This module is available only to Kent students studying Psychology. Not available wild.



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:

Contact hours

1 weekly two-hour lecture and a 1.5 hour weekly study skills workshop, which is integrated with the other core subject in year 1 (SP301).

Method of assessment

40% Coursework. Formed of an essay (20%) and a personal development portfolio based on the study skills workshops (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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in social psychology
Develop intellectual skills, including reading and writing skills, critical reflection and written analysis and interpretation
Develop subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in social psychology, and employing the inferential method in science
Develop transferable skills, including communication skills, numeracy, use of information technology, working with others, and problem solving

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