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PS220 - Social Psychology

  • Module code: PS220
  • Module name: Social Psychology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module discusses social psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour as influenced by other people and the social context in which this occurs. 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, the social context of behaviour and the relationship between the two.

Principal learning outcomes

"At 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 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: verbal and non-verbal communication; aggression; attitude structure, function and change; social judgement, attribution and inference; behaviour within and between groups. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per fortnight. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS220-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 33%
locally Adminstered Exam 34%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4