Core Module Information
Module title: Social Psychology 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY07101
Module leader: Michael Stirrat
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to the field of social psychology. You will begin to explore, from a psychological perspective, how we influence, think about, interact with and relate to each other. Specifically, the module will focus on questions of group formation, social influence, social identity, human aggression, prosocial behaviour, conformity, compliance and obedience. Application of social psychological theory to real world events is a theme which runs throughout the module.
The five subtopics covered in the module are:
Social Identity – the influence of those around us on who we are
Small Group Processes – group formation, group think and group polarisation
Aggression – evolutionary and social explanations of violence and aggression
Prosocial Behaviour – evolutionary and social explanations of helping behaviour
The Conformity Continuum - conformity, compliance and obedience

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning social identity.
LO2: Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning small group processes.
LO3: Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning the conformity continuum.
LO4: Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning pro-social behaviour.
LO5: Identify and recall key theories and studies concerning aggression.
LO6: Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of and varying approaches to the study of social psychology.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Stirrat
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 30 2,4 6 HOURS= 00.40, WORDS= 0
Discussion/Participation 10 1-6 11 HOURS= 00.10
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,3,5,6 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY07101 Social Psychology 1