Undergraduate Course: Social Psychology: The Social Psychology of Identities (PSYL10112)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will outline and discuss two theoretical approaches to the social psychological study of identities: the social identity approach and discourse analysis. This will progress students┐ theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding beyond pre-honours level. It will cover in depth key areas of the social psychology of identity. One part of the course will examine the experimental social psychological study of identity represented by the work of social identity and social categorization theorists. The emphasis here will be on how social identities can be viewed as real-world factors that have a causal effect on behaviour. The other will examine the work of discourse analysts using a broadly social constructionist approach. The emphasis here will be on how identities are developed, maintained and challenged in talk and text. The course will focus on a variety of different identities, including, national, ethnic, gender and sexuality identities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology 2 (PSYL08002)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course, students,
will be able to discuss recent advances in social identity theory and self-categorization theory;
will be able to discuss recent advances in the discursive tradition in identity research
will have a firm and critical appreciation of methodological issues pertaining to the experimental and discursive study of social identity;
will be able to demonstrate their awareness of the contrasting strengths of these two approaches to the study of identity
|Finn, M. & Henwood, K. (2009). Exploring masculinities within men┐s identificatory imaginings of first-time fatherhood. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 547┐562.|
Gibson, S. & Condor, S. (2009). State institutions and social identity: National representation in soldiers┐ and civilians┐ interview talk concerning military service. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 313-336.
Hogg, M. &Vaughan, G.M. (2013). Social Psychology (7th Edition). London: Pearson.
McKinlay, A. & McVittie, C. (2011). Identities in Context: Individuals and Discourse in Action. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
McKinlay, A. & McVittie, C. (2011). ┐This is jist my life noo┐: Gender identities in a Scottish occupational community. Discourse & Society, 22 (2).
Pinto, I.R., and Marques, J.M., Levine, J.M. & Abrams, D. (2010). Membership Status and Subjective Group Dynamics: Who Triggers the Black Sheep Effect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99 (1), 107┐119.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Mckinlay
Tel: (0131 6)50 4643
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961