Groups In Action - PSYC6030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Tim Hopthrow checkmark-circle


This module offers an exciting opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge research into groups.

You will understand and apply group research to social policy, business, politics, marketing, etc. and get the chance to consider current affairs and personal experiences with the opportunity for small group discussions and team work. Example topics: alcohol and group processes, leadership, organisational identity, improving cooperation in groups.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Compulsory to Business Psychology BSc and Business Psychology with a Placement Year BSC.
Optional to other Psychology undergraduate programmes.
Available as an elective module.
Available to Short Term Credit students at the discretion of the school/module convenor.

Method of assessment

Four group exercises Combined volume 2,000 words 20%
Examination 2 hours 80%

NB: In the case of short-term exchange students whose registration ends before the summer term, the examination may be replaced by a single piece of coursework of increased length

Reassessment methods: Like for like

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Abrams, D., Hogg, M.A., & Marques, J.M., The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion. New York/London: Psychology Press (2005).

Baron, R.S. & Kerr, N.L., Group Process, Group Decision, Group Action (2nd edition). Philadelphia: Open University Press (2003).

Forsyth, D. R., Group Dynamics (5th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth (2010).

Hogg, M.A. & Tindale, S., Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Group Processes (2003).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core domains of the study of conflict, cooperation and relationships in groups

8.2. Demonstrate critical reflection when considering the diversity of perspectives underpinning the study of conflict, cooperation and relationships in groups

8.3. Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on group conflict, cooperation and relationships. Develop the ability to evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the application of theory and research to groups

8.4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Groups in Action.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1. Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature.

9.2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of conflict, cooperation and relationships in groups.

9.3. Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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