Social Psychology: Understanding and addressing social problems - PSYC8170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Hannah Swift checkmark-circle


This module provides an understanding of current conceptual debates in Social Psychology together with an appreciation of how practitioners apply behavioural principles in their field of work. The module focuses on the application of conceptual and methodological insights to significant real-world problems, as well as the development of new theoretical approaches based on the lessons learned from applied research and practice.


Contact hours

22 hours

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

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Understand the application of social psychological science to problems in a range of contexts, such as health, clinical, forensic, organisational, political and gerontological settings.
8.2. Appreciate the varied modes of interface between fundamental and applied research in social psychology, ranging from the development, testing and refinement of theory to evidence-based professional practice.
8.3. Analyse social psychological aspects of problems in a range of applied contexts and to identify the means by which change can be achieved.
8.4. Demonstrate expertise in the design and implementation of different research and evaluation methodologies.
8.5. Demonstrate an appreciation of issues involved in applying social psychological theory and methods

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Critically reflect on key themes with oral discussion and written analysis.
9.2. Creatively evaluate and generalise appropriately.
9.3. Select and synthesise complex materials, through organising, developing, and evaluating evidence.
9.4. Systematically approach problem solving, individually and as part of a group, also using appropriate information technology.
9.5. Plan work and study independently, through personal development and time management.
9.6. Communicate persuasively, through written assessment and oral discussions.
9.7. Cooperate within a team, and recognise the contribution of self and others.
9.8. Understand the statistical analysis conducted by others, and its limits.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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