Postgraduate Course: Social Psychology and Mental Health (CLPS11057)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will be structured around 5 two-hour lectures and supportive materials. It will cover topics such as altruism, attitudes, attribution theory, group processes, prejudice and stigma, social identity, relationships and social networks. The course will also explore, through specific readings, how these social psychological theories can relate to mental health.
Each lecture will include a core social psychological theory and also make connections to mental health through specific readings and research. For example, the lecture on group processes will include an introduction to Social Identity Theory, followed by an application of this theory to the analysis of intergroup and intragroup behaviour. In this lecture, we would also use primary readings to highlight how social psychology can contribute to understanding the social stigma surrounding mental illness.
The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Summative assessment will take the form of one essay (2000 words, 100% of the mark), from a choice of essay questions. Example questions are:
1) Discuss the contribution research on attitudes makes to understanding stigma against mental illness.
2) Do group processes relate to mental health and illness?
||Formative feedback will be given in the third week on an on-line multiple-choice quiz on topics already covered in the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of social psychological theories and research.
- Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
- Demonstrate critical reflection on how social psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
|Textbook: Hogg, M. & Vaughan, G. (2009). Essentials of Social Psychology. New York: Pearson.|
Pflugshaupt, T. et al. (2005). Hypervigilance-avoidance Pattern in Spider Phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 19, 105-116
Deegan, P.E. (2005). The Importance of Personal Medicine: A Qualitative Study of Resilience in People with Psychiatric Disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 33, 29-35
Butt, T. & Langdridge, D. (2003). The Construction of Self: The Public Reach into the Private Sphere. Sociology, 37, 477-493
Dhillon, K. & Ubhi, M. (2003). Acculturation and ethnic identity in marginal immigrant South Asian men in Britain: a psychotherapeutic perspective Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3, 42-48
Reicher, S. & Haslam, S.A. (2011). After shock? Towards a social identity explanation of the Milgram obedience studies. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 163-169
Corrigan, P.W. & Matthews, A.K. (2003). Stigma and Disclosure: Implications for Coming Out of the Closet. Journal of Mental Health, 12, 235-248
Berenson, K.R. et al. (2011). The Rejection-Rage Contingency in Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 681-690
Archer, J. & Coyne, S.M. (2005). An Integrated Review of Indirect, Relational, and Social Aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 9, 212-230
Beyers, W. & Seiffge-Krenke, I. (2010). Does Identity Precede Intimacy? Testing Erikson's Theory on Romantic Development in Emerging Adults of the 21st Century. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25, 387-415
Sims, K.E. & Meana, M. (2010). Why Did Passion Wane? A Qualitative Study of Married Women's Attributions for Declines in Sexual Desire. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 36, 360-380
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
|Course organiser||Dr Billy Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3342
|Course secretary||Ms Gillian Stewart