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Undergraduate Course: Social Psychology: Experimental and Applied Approaches (PSYL10110)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course covers advanced social psychology. It adopts an experimental approach to the topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. It also looks at applied topics like the reduction of these factors.
Course description This course will outline and discuss advances in experimental social psychology, thereby progressing students¿ theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding beyond pre-honours level. It will cover in depth key areas of the discipline, such stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The emphasis will be on the research studies through which contemporary social psychology is conducted, and students will learn to appreciate the special challenges posed social psychology¿s aim to produce a systematic study of social behaviour, and the different ways these may be resolved. The course will focus on the application of social psychology to real world issues, for example, to health-related behaviours and behavioural change, to the legal system, and to various cultures.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012) AND Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand recent advances in experimental and applied social psychology
  2. To understand methodological issues in the experimental study of social behaviour
  3. To discuss applications of social psychology to real world issues, and demonstrate awareness of issues in experimental social psychology.
Reading List
Lecture 1 reading:
1. *Macrae, N.C., Milne, A.B., & Bodenhausen, G.V. (1994) Stereotypes as energy-saving devices: A peek inside the cognitive toolbox. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 37-47.
2. Steele, C. M. (1997). A threat in the air: How stereotypes shape intellectual identity and performance. American Psychologist, 52, 613-629.
3. Madon, S., Willard, J., Guyll, M., & Scherr, K. (2011). Self-fulfilling prophecies: Mechanisms, power, and links to social problems. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 578-590.
4. Haslam, N., & Loughnan, S. (2014). Dehumanization and infrahumanization. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 399-423.

Lecture 2 reading:
1. *Pearson, A., Dovidio, J., & Gaertner, S. (2009). The nature of contemporary prejudice: Insights from aversive racism. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 314-338.
2. Brewer, M. (1999). The psychology of prejudice: Ingroup love and outgroup hate?". Journal of Social Issues 55, 429¿44.

Lecture 3 reading:
1. Moss-Racusin, C., Dovidio, J., Brescoll, V., Graham, M., & Handelsman, J. (2012). Science faculty¿s subtle gender biases favour male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 16474-16479.
2. Agerström, J., Rooth, D-O. (2011). The role of automatic obesity stereotypes in real hiring discrimination. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 790-805.

Lecture 4 reading:
1. *Paluck, E. L., & Green, D. P. (2009). Prejudice reduction: What works? A review and assessment of research and practice. Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 339-367.
2. Crisp, R., & Turner, R. (2009). Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions?: Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact. American Psychologist, 64, 231-240.
3. Williams, D. (2004). Improving race relations in higher education: The jigsaw classroom as a missing piece to the puzzle. Urban Education, 39, 316-344.

Lecture 5 reading:
1. *Collins, W.A., Welsh, D., & Furman, W. (2009). Adolescent romantic relationships. Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 631-652.
2. Peplau, L., & Fingerhut, A. (2007). The close relationships of lesbians and gay men. Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 405-424.

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Course organiserDr Stephen Loughnan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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