Undergraduate Course: Social Psychology of Groups (PSYL10140)
|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 examine fundamental and advanced topics in social psychology. Specifically, we will look at the topics of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination and how these manifest in the world today. We will also cover how these can be challenged and reduced. After covering these topics, we will examine in depth a range of specialist areas of social psychological research such as dehumanization, objectification, and the ways in which people think about animals.
This course will focus on the role of social groups in the way people think, feel, and act. It will start by focusing on major theories (social cognitive theory, social identity theory) and how they relate to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. It will then look at how we can challenge and reduce these social burdens. Following this broad introduction in the first half of the course, we will focus on a range of specific topics within social psychology. This is intended to introduce you to the cutting edge of research being conducted in these fields today. For example, we would cover dehumanization, objectification, and the ways in which people think about and interact with animals. The class will consist of a series of lectures and group discussions. Students will develop skills I understanding and critically evaluating social psychological research, they will also refine their ability to generate novel approaches to answering social psychological questions.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students who are Psychology majors and in their third or final year at their home university are welcome to take this course.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Acquire a deep understanding of how the social world affects psychology.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the how the social world influences human interactions.
- Be able to critically evaluate existing research from a social psychological perspective.
- Explain how the groups we belong to can alter psychological functioning.
- Be able to develop quantitative research designs to explore the social world.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Stephen Loughnan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861