Module Overview

Social Psychology

In this module the student will be introduced to key issues and debates in social psychology. The module will focus on social cognition and social perception and the potential biases that may occur in these processes. The key themes to be applied include aggression, prosocial behaviour and social influence. The social psychological theory will be applied to social care settings and practice with a view to identifying the impact if others on our behaviour.

Module Code

APSS H2024

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to social psychology

Research methodsCorrelation, Experimental, Cross sectional methodology­ Ethical issues in social psychological research Current issues and debates in social psychology

Social cognition

­ Functions of schemata.­ Cognitive scripts and prototypes Prejudice and discrimination­ Heuristics­ Cultural determinants of schemas and stereotypes. Biases and links to practice settings

Social perception

Attributional process­ Attributional biases­ Culture and attributionPerception of self (e.g. actual self, ideal self)­ Self and attribution (e.g. cause and control)­ Self-esteem­ Culture and selfSocial identity theory (e.g. Tajfel and Turner’s theory)

Attitudes development

Attitudes­ The formation of attitudes­ Attitude change Cognitive Dissonance Persuasion

Affiliation ­

Affiliation ­ Social networks, friendships, theories of love­ Theories of interpersonal attraction­ Cultural differences in attraction and interpersonal relationships

Pro-social behaviour

­ Theories to explain helping behaviour­ Factors influencing pro-social behaviour (bystander effects)­ Altruism- Empathy

Aggression and Conflict

­ Biological, Drive Theories, Social learning , General Aggression Model.­ Factors influencing aggression (e.g. individual differences, personality, environment)­ Bullying ­ Dealing with aggression

Social Influence

Conformity, social roles and Obediance. Classical and recent research. How to develop and reduce this influence. Link to social care settings and working with others.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70