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This module introduces perspectives on human social behaviour and group processes. The module adopts and contrasts both social cognitive and social constructionist approaches to social psychological phenomena, and engages students in debates about their relative merits. The module uses a range of examples of contemporary and practical significance, including race and racism, social identity, the construction of gender, and social justice.
Topics to be covered by this module include: -
Historical development and the crisis in social psychology
Competing epistemologies in social psychology
Metatheory, essentialism and constructionism
Assumptions and methods of social cognition
Stereotyping: Processes and practices
Consequences of stereotyping
Social constructionism and the need for critical reflexivity
Sex and gender
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Critically analyse competing epistemologies in social psychology
2. Undertake an empirical investigation using a constructionist epistemology and qualitative methodology.
3. Critically evaluate the theoretical development of social psychology in societal context.
4. Demonstrate advanced understanding of stereotype processes within individuals’ social cognition.
5. Critically evaluate the applicability of social psychology theory to analysing real world situations.
6. Critically analyse issues of subjectivity and epistemological positioning in reflecting upon methodology and research findings.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 72 hours (24% lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops)
Guided independent study: 228 hours (76% assessment preparation, media searches, on-line activities, revision)
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