Module Details

PS407-7-AU-CO: Social Psychology

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Psychology
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Mitch Callan
Teaching Staff: Dr Mitch Callan, Dr Nicolas Geeraert, Dr Gerulf Rieger, Dr Rick O'Gorman & Dr Philip Cozzolino
Contact details: email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The module is co-ordinated by Dr Mitch Callan, to whom queries should be addressed.

Aims: The aim of this module is to study a range of theory and research concerned with our thinking and behaviour in a social world. The Social Psychology module addresses core theories of social behaviour and social information processing. At the end of the module you should have a clear understanding of the topics social psychologists are interested in and their approach to their study. Each of the topics will be covered in sufficient depth for you to be able to appreciate classical social psychological theories and findings as the foundation of this empirical discipline.
A full outline will be provided at the first lecture.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures form the bulk of teaching in Year II, with weekly lectures on all modules. All lectures are 2 hours in duration. Two-hour lectures will normally have a short break at the halfway point. With the consent of the lecturer, you may ask questions during lectures if any point is unclear, but please remember that lecture time is limited, and there may not be time to resolve questions during the lecture itself. Please note also that use of mobile phones or audience conversations during a lecture, even if whispered, can be very distracting both to the lecturer and other students and should not occur under any circumstances. Be ready to receive a request from a lecturer to be silent if you do start conversations, and expect requests to become more pointed if you are a persistent offender. Promptness at a lecture, which starts on the hour, is essential so that you can collect handouts and take a seat without disrupting the class. If you are unavoidably late, please take a seat quickly and quietly, and be as unobtrusive as possible. If you are persistently late, consider altering your travel arrangements.

Tutorials are available for all second-year modules. For undergraduates these tutorials are not compulsory. Instead, they may be arranged at times of mutual convenience. In order to indicate that you have an interest in attending a tutorial, simply e-mail the module organiser to request a meeting time and date. Tutorials work best if there is a group of interested students, so it is a good idea to request that a tutorial be arranged if you know of a few others who would be willing to come along and participate. Individuals who wish to discuss issues related to the module may simply arrange an appointment. Please note that there is actually a high staff/student contact in computer workshops, laboratory classes and essay-focussed seminars, and many quick questions associated with lectures can be dealt with in these sessions.


25 per cent Coursework Mark, 75 per cent Exam Mark

Other details

PS407 is assessed by two compulsory extended essays (25%) and a final, end of year, MCQ-based summer examination (75%).

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Last checked JVP 26-08-14


  • Reading:
  • Sutton, R., & Douglas, K. (2013). Social psychology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Background reading:
  • Augoustinos, M., Walker, I., & Donaghue, N. (2006). Social Cognition: An integrated Introduction. London: Sage.
  • Crisp, R., & Turner, R. (2007). Essential Social Psychology. London: Sage.
  • Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W., & Jonas, K. (2008). Introduction to Social Psychology. (4th Edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Journals:
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology Quarterly
  • Psychological Bulletin
  • Psychological Review

Further information