Core Module Information
Module title: Social Psychology 2

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09106
Module leader: Mirona Gheorghiu
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

PSY07101 - Social Psychology 1 or
Equivalent Learning: HNC/D Social Science

Description of module content:

Some people believe that social psychology is just common sense. This module will help you to see that we behave in many ways that are not intuitive and will enable you to extend your knowledge and understanding of social psychology by looking at fascinating topics in the areas of social cognition, intergroup processes and close relationships. You will also develop several scholarly skills such as summary writing, advanced essay writing and critical reading.

Module content covers four main areas:
Social psychology’s history, scope, research methods and ethics.
Social cognition – attitude formation and change.
Intergroup processes – prejudice, discrimination, leadership and power.
Close relationships – attraction; models of love

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Evaluate social psychology studies with respect to research methods and ethics.
LO2: Critically evaluate attitude theories and the relationship between attitude and behaviour
LO3: Critically reflect on explanations for prejudice, discrimination, leadership and power.
LO4: Apply theories of attraction and models of love to different types of close relationship.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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: Mirona Gheorghiu
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-4: 2 hour lecture per week and one hour weekly tutorials. Guided weekly tutorial preparation (reading, exercises and/or questions) to enable productive debates to take place in tutorials. These debates will underpin the three formatively assessed persuasive essays, which will then relate to the summative examination questions. Additional self-study materials will be provided to develop thorough understanding through analytical and critical thinking. Guided revision schedule.

Formative Assessment:
The module will be assessed formatively through 3 persuasive essays (1000 words each), relating to the three main topics covered in the module, namely, social cognition (LO2), intergroup processes (LO3) and close relationships (LO4).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment shall comprise of 3 multiple-choice in-class test (30%) and a centrally timed examination (70%).

The multiple-choice test will consist of 3 [45-50 minute] in-class tests to take place after each block of 3 lectures and tutorials (note that there are 3 main blocks in the module each covering a specific area/subject in social psychology – i.e., social cognition, group processes and intimate relations). Each in-class multiple-choice test will be comprised of 20 questions based on the content of the 3 lectures and tutorials forming a block.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 10 1 & 2 6 HOURS= 0.75, WORDS= 0
Class Test 10 1 & 3 9 HOURS= 0.75, WORDS= 0
Class Test 10 1 & 4 12 HOURS= 0.75, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY09106 Social Psychology 2