Not available as a ‘wild’ module
OverviewThis module is concerned with contemporary concepts, theories and findings in this broad area of social psychology and how they may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups and society. We will address the question of how individuals form and maintain an understanding of themselves, other people, and the world they are living in. Drawing on cognitive principles, we will study the processes that underlie human judgments, behaviour, and decision making in real-life contexts. You will have the opportunity to develop new research to address an unanswered research question.
This module appears in:
One two-hour lecture/seminar per week
Method of assessment
60% examination, 40% coursework.
(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.)
The module reading list can be found online at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. understand contemporary concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition.
8.2. critically evaluate concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
8.3. conceive research to address limitations and gaps in concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
8.4. demonstrate an awareness of how concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups, and society.
8.5. appreciate the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Attitudes and Social Cognition.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature
9.2. understand and appreciate the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology
9.3. critically evaluate the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research
9.4. plan work and study independently
9.5. demonstrate use of information technology skills
9.6. express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form
9.7. communicate effectively psychological theories, concepts, and findings