PY2SD-Social and Differential Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2DSP Developmental and Social Psychology or PY2PS1 Personality and Social Psychology 1 or PY2PS2 Personality and Social Psychology 2
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Type of module:

Summary module description:

PY2SD Social & Differential Psychology


To familiarize students with theory and research on core topics in social and differential psychology. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

• Describe key areas of research in social psychology, intelligence and individual differences

• Critically evaluate pieces of relevant research and techniques discussed in lectures

• Demonstrate in-depth understanding of specific areas within social psychology, intelligence and individual differences , in the form of an essay assignment and written examination

• Demonstrate a broad understanding of topics within social psychology, intelligence and individual differences , through  weekly continuous assessment 

Additional outcomes:

Students will have the opportunity to apply their general knowledge of research methodology and data analysis (from PY2RM) in seminars, essays and miniprojects undertaken in areas related to this module. 

Outline content:

Topics in social and differential psychology include: social cognition; social perception; attitudes and attitude change; intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination; the self; self-regulation and motivation; aggression; pro-social behaviour;; intelligence; emotional intelligence and emotion regulation. Individual differences within a number of these domains will also be addressed.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

(a) Lectures on social psychology, intelligence and individual differences.

(b) Online discussion board following lectures.

(c) Recommended reading in social psychology, intelligence and individual differences. (d) Seminar groups will be organised in these areas. Seminar groups provide the opportunity to discuss topics insocial psychology, intelligence and individual differences, and to research and write an essay. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 16 2
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 62 62 38
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed by a combination of coursework (50%), and summer examination (50%). 

The Summer Exam includes a set of multiple choice questions covering the full range of topics taught in lectures, as well as a written component. The written component will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Autumn Term topics, one on Spring Term topics

The summer exam is 2 hours 15 mins

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework includes 1 essay, with supporting seminar (30%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (20%). 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment is by examination in August/September 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 1 October 2018


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