PYMCSD-Social and Differential Psychology (Conversion)

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Only available to students on the MSc Psychology Conversion course.
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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 PYMCRM) 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 in social psychology, intelligence and individual differences, and to research and write an essay. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 16 2
Seminars 6
Guided independent study 64 58 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:

2 hr 15 mins exam 

The 2 hr 15 mins Summer Exam will have a multiple-choice component, and a written component which will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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

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:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment of this module is by examination in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 28 September 2018


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