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Module Catalogue

Attitudes and Social Cognition - SP612

LocationDetails Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2016-17 2017-18
Canterbury
(version 2)
Location: Canterbury (version 2)
Term: Autumn View Timetable
Level: 6
Credits (ECTS): 15 (7.5)
Current Convenor:
Autumn
View Timetable
6 15 (7.5)

Information below is for the 2016-17 session.

Overview

This 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 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. Students will have the opportunity to develop new research to address an unanswered research question.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

One two-hour lecture/seminar per week

Method of assessment

A written examination (60%) and and one piece of written coursework in the form of a research-proposal in poster format (40%)
(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.)

Preliminary reading

Kunda, Z. (1999). Social cognition: Making sense of people. London: MIT Press.
Bless, H., Fiedler, K., & Strack, F. (2004). Social cognition: How individuals construct social reality. Hove: Psychology Press.
Maio, G. R. & Haddock, G. G. (2010). The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change. London, UK: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
Critically evaluating concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
Conceiving research to address limitations and gaps in concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition
Identifying gaps and limitations in the ways concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition are presented to the wider public
Demonstrating an awareness of how concepts, theories and findings in attitudes and social cognition may be applied with benefits for individuals, groups, and society
Develop an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Attitudes and Social Cognition


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