The Social Psychology of the Individual - SP620

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR A Wisman




Not available as a ‘wild’ module



This module introduces you to the major theories and research in the social psychology of interpersonal behaviour. The emphasis throughout is on social cognition, and three main areas will be considered: social cognition and the self, attitudes (including attitude-behaviour relations, attitude change and persuasion), and interpersonal relationships. There will be a strong emphasis on social psychological theory and systematic empirical research in both field and laboratory settings.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

1 two-hour lecture per week plus 2 one-hour seminars during the term

Method of assessment

40% coursework: One essay (2,000 words). 60% Unseen 2-hour examination; one hour of which (50% of marks) will consist of multiple-choice questions to test understanding of the material

Indicative reading

Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2008). Social Psychology and Human Nature. Thomson Wadsworth, International ed, paperback.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of key concepts and findings in research in social cognition, attitudes, and interpersonal relationships
Critical assessment of theory and research concerned with these topics
In so doing, the ability to locate, read, and cite relevant theoretical and research papers
Ability to express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form
Time management and organisation

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