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PS4069 Group Behaviour

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of selected topics relating to the psychology of groups and collective behaviour. It will address how behaviour is affected by the group context and examine the psychological mechanisms which shape how people act as group members. Teaching will be seminar based and students will be expected to read independently and contribute actively to sessions. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills and the ability to relate individual studies and theories to broader conceptual debates in social psychology. More detailed module content will be announced in advance of student choices.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):Average grade of 11 or better in PS2001 and PS2002 from the first sitting or permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus tutorial time.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 130

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 75%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%, Re-assessment applies to failed components only


Module coordinator:Prof S Reicher
Module teaching staff:Prof S Reicher