Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations - SP813

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 20 (10) DR A Cichocka







This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on intergroup relations. The module builds upon knowledge gathered in the undergraduate degree on social and personality psychology. It will stress how social-psychological and personality theories in combination can explain intergroup processes. Emphasis will be placed on applying theoretical models and empirical findings to the analysis of real-world problems. Topics that will be addressed include social identity and social categorization, social inequality, prejudice, intergroup conflict and innervations to improve intergroup relations. The module relies primarily on research in social and personality psychology, but we will also consider perspectives from other fields, such as political science and sociology. This module relies heavily on student presentation, participation and student discussion.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 78
Total study hours: 200


Available to students registered for the MSc in Developmental Psychology, the MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, or the MSc in Social and Applied Psychology.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework.

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 advanced knowledge of the core domains of intergroup relation
8.2 Develop the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of theoretical and empirical perspectives that underpin the study of intergroup relations
8.3 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on intergroup relations
8.4 Develop the skill to apply the theoretical models to real-life social contexts
8.5 Develop the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate analyses of intergroup relations in speech and writing

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate writing, reading and oral skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature
9.2 Develop knowledge and understanding of intergroup relations
9.3 Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research and of peers
9.4 Demonstrate the ability to express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form

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