The Social Psychology of Justice and Morality - SP653

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Canterbury
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR J Everett checkmark-circle

Overview

This module is concerned with contemporary concepts, theories and findings in the social psychology of justice and morality. We will consider how social psychology has been applied to understand the basis of our sense of morality and justice, with a particular focus on how these theories can help us understand contemporary real-world ethical debates and be applied with benefits for individuals, groups and society. In doing so, we will see how the empirical methods of psychology can be joined with philosophical and political concepts of justice and morality, and better understand how individuals develop and use moral concepts to navigate the social world and guide their behaviour.

Details

Contact hours

22 hours

Availability

Optional to Psychology undergraduate programmes. Available wild, subject to prerequisites. Available to Short-Term Credit Students, at the discretion of the school.

Method of assessment

50% Exam ; 50% coursework

Indicative reading

Nadelhoffer, T., Nahmias, E., & Nichols, S. (Eds.). (2010). Moral psychology: historical and contemporary readings. John Wiley & Sons.
Gray, K., & Graham, J. (Eds.). (2019). Atlas of moral psychology. Guilford Press.

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 systematically understand contemporary concepts, theories and findings in the Social Psychology of Justice and Morality
8.2 critically evaluate concepts, theories and findings in Social Psychology of Justice and Morality.
8.3 conceive research to address limitations and gaps in concepts, theories and findings Social Psychology of Justice and Morality.
8.4 demonstrate an awareness of how concepts, theories and findings in justice and morality may be applied, with benefits for individuals, groups, and society.
8.5 understand the historical and conceptual issues in the empirical study of justice and morality.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 critically evaluate the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research
9.2 express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form
9.3 plan work and study independently
9.4 apply theoretical concepts to real-world applications
9.5 demonstrate an understanding of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge

Notes

  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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