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Undergraduate Course: Critical Social Psychology (PSYL10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPsychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionShould social psychology be a science and what does it mean to claim that it is? Should social psychologists do experiments? Why do we think scientific knowledge is ┐better┐ than other kinds of knowledge? Is social psychology really social? Why does current social psychological theory focus on cognitive processes to explain social phenomena? What are the implications for our understanding of self? Drawing on ideas from philosophy, history, sociology and linguistics, we examine the nature of social psychological knowledge and how it affects individuals┐ lives; our assumptions about the nature of self and mind; the often hidden values in and politics of research; and the role of language in all this. Are there other ways of doing social psychology? Do we need a (new) theory of self? Could there be a non-cognitive social psychology? This course aims to discuss, and answer, all these questions. This course includes lectures, in-class and online discussions, and debates about key issues.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology Methodology 1 (PSYL10034) AND Psychology Methodology 2 (PSYL10035)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesDegree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Junior Honours level in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the 4th Year Honours Course Organiser
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
You should be able to do at least three of the following:
- Describe and assess social psychology's claim to be a science, and evaluate its use of experiments.
- Discuss social psychology's paradigm, conceptual and moral/political crises.
- Apply arguments from science studies, Foucault's work, and 'the turn to language' to evaluate psychology's methods.
- Describe psychology's contribution to the 'government of individuals'.
- Assess efforts to reconstruct social psychology's practice and/or subject.
Assessment Information
(1) 80% exam and (2) a choice of two out of the three following course work options (20%): (i) essay plan (max. 300 words); (ii) critical summary of a key article (300 words); and (iii) group presentation write-up (max. 500 words)

Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Essay (3000 words) to be set by the course organiser and due Friday 4pm, Week 13
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Sue Widdicombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3411
Email: S.Widdicombe@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Fiona Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
Email: F.Graham@ed.ac.uk
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