SP302 Introduction to Social Psychology
Not available as a wild module
OverviewThis module introduces you to the major orientations and discoveries in the social psychology of group processes. The material covers both behaviour within groups (e.g. group structure, social influence, leadership, and group performance) and behaviour between groups (e.g. intergroup conflict and cooperation, social categorisation and social identity, prejudice and its reduction). Basic mechanisms in groups that occupy the same position in the social structure in terms of power, status, and group size, as well as mechanisms that characterize asymmetric groups will be analyzed. There is a strong emphasis on social psychological theory being examined by systematic empirical research. Teaching will be by lectures and seminars with additional practical demonstrations from time to time.
This module appears in:
1 two-hour lecture per week plus 2 one-hour seminars during the term
Method of assessment
Coursework: One research proposal (2,500 words) (40%). Unseen 2-hour examination (60%): one hour of which (50% of marks) will consist of multiple-choice questions to test understanding of the material
M A Hogg & G M Vaughan. Social Psychology (6th edition). Harlow, England: Prentice Hall, 2011.
R S Baron & N L Kerr, Group Processes, Group Decision Making, Group Action (2nd edition). Open University Press, 2003.
Ability to describe how group membership affects self-perception, the perception of others, and the ways individuals behave
Understanding of the basic cognitive, affective, and behavioural mechanisms that lead to these outcomes
Understanding of how intragroup and intergroup structure affects social perception and behaviour
Ability to provide evidence from empirical tests of the theories and models discussed
Ability to link theory and research in the social psychology of group processes to current issues in society
Ability to carry out critical reflection, evaluation, written analysis and interpretation