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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Social Psychology
Module Code PSYC102
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maggie Brennan
Semester 2: Maggie Brennan
Autumn: Maggie Brennan
Module TeachersMaggie Brennan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To provide the student with an introduction to the study of social psychology, utilising a synthesis of the cognitive and social and individual and group influences that shape social behaviour. To present to the student, in a comprehensive and meaningful way, key influential social psychology studies alongside contemporary and cross-disciplinary developments that have impacted on many areas of life, including education, health, and counselling and clinical psychology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the core concepts of social psychology
2. Develop an understanding of the social psychological perspective on human behaviour
3. Critically reflect on explanations for some aspects of human social behaviour
4. Identify and recall key research findings, theories, and studies in the field
5. Develop skills in the communication and application of social psychological concepts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Online activity20Asynchronous lectures and other content
Directed learning10Synchronous online discussions
Tutorial1Online discourse based tutorial
Independent Study48Lecture review and preparation/independent learning
Independent Study46Independent assessment preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is social psychology?

The self

Attitudes and attitude change

Attitudes and behaviour

Group processes

Social influence

Prejudice and Discrimination

Prosocial behaviour


Affiliation and attraction

Friendship and love

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • David G. Myers, Jean M. Twenge: 0, Social Psychology, McGraw-Hill Education, New York,
  • Michael A. Hogg,Graham M. Vaughan: 0, Social Psychology, Pearson, Harlow, England:,
  • Aronson, Elliot, Aronson, Joshua: 0, The Social Animal, Worth Publishers,, New York,
  • Crisp, R.J., & Turner, R.N.: 0, Essential social psychology, Sage, London, UK,
  • Miles Hewstone,Wolfgang Stroebe,Klaus Jonas: 0, An Introduction to Social Psychology, John Wiley & Sons,
  • Fiske, S.: 0, Social beings: Core motives in social psychology, Wiley, New York, NY,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology
BSSCIBA Social Sciences & Cultural Innovation

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