PY3TSP-Topics in Social Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY2CN2 Cognition 2 or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Type of module:

Summary module description:
PY3TSP: Current Topics in Social Psychology

This module will enable students to study, in depth, current topics in social psychology, with a particular focus on intergroup relations and the influential role of the media in shaping perceptions of ourselves and others. Students will gain experience of critical evaluation of existing research and theoretical perspectives in the social psychology literature and will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research and theories in the context of various forms of media. Students will also develop their ability to study independently.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
1.Critically evaluate various methods aimed at improving intergroup relations
2. Synthesise evidence in order to explain the role of the media in shaping our perceptions, from a social psychology perspective

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience of a variety of different teaching methods, including participating in evaluative discussions, debates, and small group work. During the course of the module, students will gain experience of presenting evidence-based arguments.

Outline content:
The module comprises seven two-hour seminars. Using short lectures, discussions, debates and small group work, this module will explore current topics within social psychology, with a particular focus on intergroup relations and the media. We will examine how the media can shape our perceptions of, not only ourselves, but also others; and will consider the implications of this in regards to outcomes at an individual level (for example, self-esteem) alongside those at an intergroup level (for example, prejudice).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching and learning on this module is comprised of a combination of short lectures, discussions and debates, and small group work. The module also uses a Team-based Learning (TBL) approach, where students have the opportunity to work in small groups to explore and evaluate the material, facilitated by the module convenor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 14 1
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
This module is assessed through coursework (25%) and a final exam (75%).
The 1.5 hour Summer exam will require students to answer one essay question on topics covered in the module.
Coursework will comprise a 2000 word written report.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be provided with feedback on their written report; this feedback will help students prepare for the final exam. Students have the opportunity to provide the module convenor with up to two essay plans for comment and feedback in preparation for the exam. 

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:
    An overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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