Not available as a ‘wild’ module
OverviewThis 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:
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
Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2008). Social Psychology and Human Nature. Thomson Wadsworth, International ed, paperback.
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