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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/10/2022 14:27:31

Title of Module: Advanced Social Psychology

Code: PSYC11006 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:G  Hendry

Summary of Module

This module is designed to provide a broad and detailed knowledge of the theories and current research in the area of social psychology. The module covers the core BPS topic areas including attitudes, interpersonal attraction and group processes.

Each topic area will review key historical theories and research as well as examining contemporary approaches.  Students will also be encouraged to examine the links between different areas of social psychology as well as links between social psychology and other areas in psychology. Through workshops and an inquiry-based qualitative project this module also provides training in qualitative research methods.

One element of coursework comprises a qualitative research project which will require students to design a study, collect and analyse data using appropriate qualitative techniques. This coursework will allow students to develop and consolidate their skills in qualitative methodology within a social psychology context.

On completion of this module students should have developed a critical understanding of the principle theories and concepts within the area of social psychology. They should also be capable of accurately evaluating qualitative studies and be able to independently carry out qualitative research.

This module covers the following graduate attributes:

  • Analytical
  • Inquiring
  • Culturally aware
  • Collaborative
  • Research-minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Digitally literate
  • Effective communicator
  • Creative
  • Provides students with knowledge of areas of social psychology

  • Introduces more advanced areas in social psychology

  • Includes a qualitative piece of coursework

  • Encourages critical thinking, refection and evaluation

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. A detailed critical understanding of a range of theories and approaches used in the study of social psychology

L2. A critical analysis of laboratory, field and other methods (e.g. interview, observation) used in the study of social processes.

L3. A critical awareness of the complexities of applying social psychological theory to real world settings.

L4. Use of qualitative methods and techniques of enquiry in social psychology research.

L5. An extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms within social psychology based on current developments in the field.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Students will be able to understand the main areas of social psychology and be able to critically evaluate these.
Students will be able to understand and implement qualitative research techniques.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Students will be able to independently design and conduct a qualitative research project and prepare the data for analysis.
Students will be able to construct and conduct interviews and be able to independently analyse and report on the qualitative data from these interviews.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Students will be able to identify and critically evaluate current research in the area of social psychology

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Students will be able to critically evaluate information and disseminate results in an appropriate style such as report writing, data presentation and critical reviews of a research topic.
Students will also be able to independently analyse qualitative data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Students will be able to work effectively combining both group and independent work to complete seminar tasks and to collect and analyse data within a set time frame.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module will be delivered via a hybrid approach with a combination of lecture material, seminars and workshops. It will be delivered in 2 parts, and will be assessed via 2 assessments. In the first part students will be introduced to core areas of social psychology via recorded lectures. These will be accompanied by a series of seminars both expanding on lecture content and supporting CW1. Assessment 1 is a reflective diary. Students will required to reflect on theories covered in the first weeks of term considering their real world value and analysing psychological studies which have informed them. Support on how to conduct this task, including formative sessions, will be provided through the seminars.

The second part will be inquiry based learning. Students will attend lectures over 4 weeks as well as engaging in asynchronous activities and attending 2-hour workshops. The second assessment will be a qualitative report which meets the BPS requirements on qualitative methods. Students will collect, analyse, and report data from their own project focusing on one of the topics they have covered in the lectures. Through this project, students will learn a range of techniques which will be transferable to other areas and will contribute to PDP. These include skills to allow them to develop as a researcher such as constructing interview materials and conducting interviews and also more generic skills such as chairing, organising and running meetings.
Throughout the module students will be encouraged to make extensive use of Moodle for a variety of activities. For example, additional reading material will be made available and students will be encouraged to post information on any reading materials which they find useful. They will also be required to contribute to a discussion board when selecting critical review topics and encouraged to take part in a general discussion board which will be moderated by teaching staff.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery11
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity0
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop10
Independent Study165
Personal Development Plan2
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Hogg, M.A. & Vaughan, G.M. (2018) Social Psychology (8th edition). Prentice Hall

Myers, D., Abell, J., & Sani, F (2020) Social Psychology: European Edition 3rd Ed., UK: McGraw-Hill.

British Journal of Social Psychology; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (APA)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPsychology & Social Work
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelUg/Pg Psychology
ModeratorG Scott
External ExaminerJ Bohan
Accreditation DetailsBPS
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Qualitative Research Project worth 50%
Reflective Diary 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck mark check markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck mark  check mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:
Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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