The Social Psychology of the Individual - SP620

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR A Wisman checkmark-circle


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 is a strong emphasis on social psychological theory and systematic empirical research in both field and laboratory settings.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

40% coursework, 60% examination.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and research in social cognition, attitudes, and close relationships
8.2 Critically evaluate said concepts, theories and findings
8.3 Manage their own learning, and to make use of psychological research articles in social cognition, attitudes, and close relationships

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate literacy, numeracy and writing skills to present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature
9.2 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of 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 Express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form
9.5 Demonstrate time management and organisation


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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