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Social Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Social Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Jesse Preston

Module Teachers

Jesse Preston

Module Aims

It aims to provide an introduction to central concepts, theories and research in social psychology, and to discuss the contribution which social psychology makes to understanding the individual as a social being within a social context and the relationship between the two.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • understand something of the history and development of social psychology as a discipline and the relationship between social psychology and other areas of psychology

  • be able critically to discuss theory and research on numerous topics including:

  • Social Influence

  • Social Cognition

  • Self serving biases

  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

  • Persuasion

Assessed by:

Two online multiple choice tests & Exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 Weeks


Two hours of lectures per week


One seminar per fortnight


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Test 1

Test 2






Module Programme

Introduction to Social Psychology & methods Social Cognition Social Perception The Self Attraction Behaviour and attribution Attitudes Persuasion Prejudice Stereotyping and discrimination Revision Revision

Module Reading List

Gilovich, T., Keltner, D, Chen, S., & Nisbett, R. (2019). Social Psychology (5th ed.). New York: WW Norton & Company. (online text recommended)