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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Social Psychology
Module Code PSYC118
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 many social influences at both the individual and group level that shape social behaviour; To present to the student, in a comprehensive and meaningful way, influential social psychology research, alongside contemporary and cross-disciplinary developments at the forefront of psychology and disruptive technologies that have impacted on many areas of life, including health, education and social change. Adopting a novel approach to immersive and authentic learning, students can have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders in a mini-hackathon, and immersive concentrated multi-day complex delivery options with a companion research skills module.

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; can take Immersive Multi-day format.
Workshop8Synchronous in person workshops
Tutorial5Combination of in-person and online activities.
Group work8Mini-Hackathon
Independent Study38Lecture 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
ParticipationParticipation in a mini-hackathon and artefact production including a report on proposed solution(s). Eportfolio.70%n/a
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

  • Myers, D.G., Abell, J., & Sani, F.: 2020, Social Psychology, 3rd, McGraw-Hill Education, Europe, Middle East & Africa, 9781526847928
  • Aronson, E. & Aronson, J.: 2018, The Social Animal, 12th, Worth Publishers London, UK, 9781464144189
  • Fiske, S.: 2018, Social beings: Core motives in social psychology, 4th, Wiley, New York, 9781119492733
  • Michael A. Hogg,Graham Vaughan: 2017, Social Psychology, 8th, Pearson London, UK, 9780273764595
  • Myers, D.G., & Twenge, J.M.,: 2019, Social Psychology, 13th, McGraw-Hill Education, New York, 9781260397116
  • Scott, B.A., Amel, E.L., Koger, S.M., & Manning, C.M.: 2021, Psychology for Sustainability, 5th, Routledge, 9780367480691
  • Steg, L. & de Groot, J.I.M.: 2019, Environmental Psychology: An Introduction, 2nd, Wiley-Blackwell, 978111924108
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPDTBSc Psychology & Disruptive Technologies
BPMBSc in Psychology with Mathematics

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