Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Social Psychology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Short Study-unit Description:

Students are introduced to the study of social behaviour from a social psychological perspective. This study-unit discusses how individual and group behaviour is influenced by the actual or implied presence of other people. By the end of the study-unit students will be familiar with the main theories covered in a social psychological course. The relevance of social psychology to social issues and problems will also be discussed.

Tentative Study-unit Outline:

• Social psychology – Introduction and brief history
• Social Cognition
• Social Knowledge
• Self and identity
• Perceiving self and others
• Group and group processes
• Intergroup behaviour
• Social influence
• Attitudes and attitude change
• Aggression
• Prosocial Behaviour
• Prejudice and discrimination
• Relationships
• Language and communication
• Culture
• Applying Social Psychology

Required Text:

Crisp, R.J. & Turner R.N. (2010) Essential Social Psychology. Sage.
Hogg, M.A., & Vaughaun, G. (2007). Social Psychology (5th ed.). Essex: Pearson Education.

Reading List:

Mainstead, A. & Hewstone, M. (1995). The blackwell encyclopedia of social psychology. Oxford: Blackwell.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students with Psychology as an area of study and B.Ed. (Hons) PSD students.

Pre-requisite Study-units: PSY1610


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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