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Social Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

Module Code:


Module Name:

Social Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Jesse Preston

Module Teachers

Module Aims

The module discusses social psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour as influenced by other people and the social circumstances which they jointly create and within which the behaviour takes place. 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 in a social context.

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;
  • understand and discuss and evaluate methods for studying social psychology, and the relation between phenomena, research methods, data and theories; and
  • be able critically to discuss theory and research on the following topics:
    • pro-social and anti-social motivation and behaviour;
    • social perception, attribution and inference;
    • attitude structure, function and change
    • behaviour within and between groups

Assessed by:

Two in-class tests and one final exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks


Two lectures per week


One seminar per fortnight


Module Assessment

Assessed work:





Module Reading List

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2015). Social Psychology (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.



exemplified by 





  • Hewstone et al. An introduction to social psychology 
  • Hogg & Vaughan Social psychology 
  • Fiske Social being 


specialised social psychology books 

  • Eagly, A. & Chaiken, S. (1993). The psychology of attitudes. 
  • Fiske, S.T. & Taylor, S.E. (1991). Social cognition (2nd ed.) 
  • Brown, R.J. (2000). Group processes (2nd ed.) 

journal articles 

'general' journals  

  • BPS's The Psychologist  
  • APA's American Psychologist; 

review journals  

  • Annual Review of Psychology;  
  • Psychological Bulletin 

research journals  

  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology  
  • British Journal of Social Psychology 
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 
  • European Journal of Social Psychology