Module Details

PS923-7-AU-CO: Advanced Social Psychology

Year: 2016/17
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: Prof Sheina Orbell
Teaching Staff: Prof Sheina Orbell, Dr Adam Fetterman, Dr Mitch Callan, Dr Gillian Sandstrom, Dr Nicolas Geeraert, Dr Philip Cozzolino.
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aim of this module is to study a range of social psychology theory and research. The 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 (see below) 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.


At the end of the module, students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and principal areas of research in social psychology

Demonstrate knowledge of major empirical tests of the theories in social psychology

Understand how theory and research in social psychology might explain current issues in society

A full outline will be provided at the first lecture.

Learning and Teaching Methods

As an example, in 2015/16 the structure was as follows;

2 Lecture 1 07/10/15 SO 1&15 Introduction
2 Seminar 1 08/10/15 SO n/a How to write a press release
3 Lecture 2 14/10/15 SO 6 Persuasion
4 Lecture 3 21/10/15 NG 3 The Social Perceiver
5 Lecture 4 28/10/15 NG 9 Social Influence
6 Lecture 5 04/11/15 AF 4 The Social Judge
6 Seminar 2 05/11/15 SO Paper 1 Persuasion
7 Lecture 6 11/11/15 AF 14 Altruism and Justice
8 Lecture 7 18/11/15 GS 10 Group Behaviour
8 Seminar 3 19/11/15 AF Paper 2 Embodiment
9 Lecture 8 25/11/15 GS 11 Intergroup Relations
10 Lecture 9 02/12/15 PC 2 The Social Self
10 Seminar 4 03/12/15 GS Paper 3 Group Behaviour
11 Lecture 10 09/12/15 PC 7 Close Relationships
30 Revision 20/4/16 ALL As above Revision lecture


25 per cent Coursework Mark, 75 per cent Exam Mark

Other details

MSc Psychology conversion students. Exam Period And Duration: 2.00 hour exam during Summer Examination period

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

MSc in Psychology students only

Correct as at 01/04/16- SO/SLB


  • Core Textbook
  • Sutton, R., & Douglas, K. (2013). Social psychology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • This module uses a course text. Chapter(s) of the text will be associated with each lecture (see module outline). Knowledge of the material contained in these specified chapters along with any additional material covered in the lectures will be assumed for the examination. (You will not be examined on material contained in the chapters not covered in the module, although you may like to read these anyway). You are strongly recommended to purchase a copy of the course textbook and make full use of the learning resources available through its companion web site (
  • Additional Reading
  • Books that contain useful chapters are listed below. Use the contents page and index to read selectively. Those listed below are in the library. You might also browse the main library shelves (HM251 area) for additional reading.
  • Crisp, R., & Turner, R. (2010). Essential social psychology (2nd Edition). London: Sage.
  • Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W., & Jonas, K. (2012). An Introduction to Social Psychology (5th Edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Hogg, M.A., & Vaughan, G.M. (2008). Social psychology (5th Edition). UK: Pearson Education.
  • Seminar papers
  • Paper 1: Persuasion
  • Hye Jin Yoon & James Mayer (2015). Do humour and threat work well together? International Journal of Advertising, 33, 725-740.
  • Paper 2: Metaphor and Embodiment
  • Lee, S. W. S., & Schwarz, N. (2012). Bidirectionality, mediation, and moderation of metaphorical effects: The embodiment of social suspicion and fishy smells. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 737-749.
  • Paper 3: Group Behaviour
  • Lambert, N.M., Stillman, T.F., Hicks, J.A., Kamble, S., Baumeister & Fincham, F. (2013). To belong is to matter: Sense of belonging enhances meaning in life. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1418.
  • Journals
  • There is no substitute for reading original journal articles. You may like to read some of the articles mentioned in the textbook for yourself. The following social psychology journals are in the library (sections BF & HM):
  • BJSP British Journal of Social Psychology
  • EJSP European Journal of Social Psychology
  • JESP Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • JPSP Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • PSPB Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • PSPR Personality and Social Psychology Review
  • Soc C Social Cognition
  • Soc P Social Psychology
  • SPPS Social Psychological and Personality Science

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Robert Kentridge
    Institution: University of Durham
    Academic Role: Reader