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Postgraduate Course: Current Topics in Social Psychology (PSYL11090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will cover current issues in social psychology.
Course description Each week students will read some recent papers (usually between one and three) on a particular topic in social psychology. A specific student (or group of students) will be tasked with leading the discussion on that topic for the week. That student (or group) will give a short (e.g., 20 minute) presentation on the paper(s), and facilitate discussion on the topic. Discussion may include specific questions on the paper(s), but should focus on critiquing the work, examining the topic in more detail, exploring extensions, and placing the work and the topic in the broader field of social psychology.

Students are responsible for presenting, either individually or as part of a group at least once during the course. In addition, students are expected to carefully read and understand the papers, and to contribute actively to group discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Participation (5%); course work (brief summary and critique of individual and related collections of papers (75%); presentation (20%).
Feedback Due to the seminar-style nature of this course, formative feedback will be integral to all sessions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. explain some key theoretical and methodological issues within social psychology.
  2. give examples from the research literature of different attempts to address these issues, and critically evaluate these attempts.
  3. communicate clearly in speech and writing about theoretical and practical implications of social psychological research.
  4. contribute effectively to academic discussions, as a speaker, as a listener, as a chairperson.
Reading List
Lev-Ari, S., & Beysar, B. (2010). Why don't we believe non-native speakers? The influence of accent on credibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Sanchez, D. et al. (2017). Stigma by prejudice transfer: Racism threatens white women and sexism threatens men of color. Psychological Science.

Krems, J., et al. (2015). Is she angry? (Sexually desirable) women 'see' anger on female faces. Psychological Science.

Goudeau, S., & Croizet, J-C. (2017). Hidden advantages and disadvantages of social class: How classroom settings reproduce social inequality by staging unfair comparison. Psychological Science.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills e.g., analytical and critical thinking; knowledge integration across academic disciplines; understanding of interplay between research and real-world settings; understanding of interplay between theoretical and methodological approaches.
Personal and intellectual autonomy e.g., independent thinking; developing higher-order thinking and sound reasoning; self-awareness and reflection.
Personal effectiveness e.g., acquiring skills for leading a group discussion; giving and receiving feedback in a way that maintains and builds relationships within a team.
Communication skills e.g., engaging effectively in discussions; oral and written presentation skills, including the ability to convey the key points concisely.
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Course organiserDr Stephen Loughnan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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