PSY10080 Introduction to Social Psychology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to key topics, theories and methods in the field of social psychology. Social psychology is the scientific study of how individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by the actual or imagined presence of other people. This module covers such topics as attitudes, social influence, groups, prejudice, attraction, gender and altruism. The module will critically evaluate seminal and contemporary studies in social psychology and consider the insights they offer into the psychological processes that underlie human relationships, culture and society.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the core concepts of social psychology and their application to everyday life.
- Understand and critically evaluate research approaches within social psychology

Indicative Module Content:

This module covers such topics as attitudes, social influence, groups, prejudice, attraction, gender and altruism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Module content is delivered in lectures and supported by VLE activities. In 2021-22, all lectures will be delivered online via a mix of pre-recorded and live sessions. Students are expected to complete guided and independent reading relevant to each lecture topic. Critical engagement with the module material is promoted in student discussion forums, which invite students to consider the real-world applications of social psychological concepts, and an end-of-trimester written assignment, which offers students a choice in their preferred focus. A mid-semester multiple-choice quiz will assess retention and understanding of module material. Students are welcome to discuss any unique learning needs with the module coordinator on a confidential basis. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY10020 - Applied and Social Psychology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Participation in online discussion group Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: Multiple-choice quiz Week 6 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Automatic individual feedback is available for the multiple-choice quiz. Individual feedback on essays will be offered after assignments have been graded.

Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G. M. (2018). Social Psychology (8th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50