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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Understand the main theoretical perspectives adopted by social psychologists
  2. Show an ability to think in theoretical terms and to critically evaluate social psychological ideas and research findings
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of social and cultural influences on human behaviour
  4. Demonstrate public speaking skills, the ability to work in a team, and an understanding yourself and others from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds
  5. Understand the research methodologies used within social psychology, particularly the use of experiments
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics, particularly in the context of experimental designs
  7. Conduct advanced statistical techniques that answer social psychological research questions
  8. Demonstrate scientific writing skills within the context of social psychology.
    • Introduction to Social Psychology & social psychological theory
    • Attitudes
    • Social Cognition
    • Prejudice and discrimination
    • Self and identity
    • Attribution and Social Knowledge
    • Social Psychology of Health
    • Affiliation, attraction and love
    • Group behaviour
    • Social Influence
    • Prosocial behaviour and aggression
    • Social psychology and the law
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

SWI-PSY20006-Cognition and Human Performance , or SWI-PSS240
SWI-STA20006-Analysis of Variance and Regression , or SWI-STA210
SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics , or SWI-STA102
SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110
SWI-PSY20007-Developmental Psychology , or SWI-PSS250
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject involves the scientific study of behaviour in a social context. The aim is to introduce students to the key theories and research methods used by social psychologists to explain and predict people's thoughts, feelings and actions in social situations.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Implicit Attitute Assignment (10%)
  • Report (40%)