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PS3034 Social Psychology

SCOTCAT credits:10
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available to General Degree students with permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser
Planned timetable:Lectures: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Tue. 1-hour practical: one of Tue 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 (Module runs in weeks 1 - 5 only)

This module explores in depth key topics across the breadth of social psychological enquiry. A variety of research approaches will be examined in order to develop the scientific understanding and critical skills in this field. Approaches that will be covered include social cognition, social identity and the study of intergroup relations. In each case, the strengths and limitations of the approaches are explored, and theoretical knowledge will be linked to current events.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography. Compulsory for BPS Recognition.

UG Pre-requisite(s):PS2001 and PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour laboratory class or seminar (Weeks 1 - 5)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 15
  • Guided independent study: 85

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr N Tausch
Module teaching staff:Dr N Tausch