Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology II - PSY00005I

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jane Clarbour
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module will explore further the means by which social and personality psychology address the fundamental issues affecting our experiences of self and others. These topics begin by examining how our personalities modify our responses to everyday situations. This contrasts with a subsequent examination of how everyday situations modify our thoughts and actions. Finally, we take a microanalytic approach to interpersonal communication, based on detailed analysis of film, audiotape and videotape. Successful completion of this module will provide students with a good understanding of the most influential theories and methods in social, personality and abnormal psychology. Topics covered will include test construction, personality assessment, nonverbal communication, social psychology of language, group processes and intergroup relations.

Module learning outcomes

  • to understand and apply methods for the assessment of individual differences
  • to understand basic concepts of the microanalysis of interpersonal communication
  • to understand concepts and theories relating to group and intergroup behaviour

Module content

In Year 2 we begin by examining how social behaviour, including how our personalities modify our responses to everyday situations. This contrasts with a subsequent examination of how everyday situations modify our thoughts and actions. Finally, we look in detail at interpersonal communication – does this close analysis give away subtle clues to our inner thoughts and feelings? Topics covered include test construction, personality assessment, nonverbal communication, social psychology of language, group processes and intergroup relations.

  • TB6: Social Behaviours
  • TB7: Personality and Intelligence
  • TB8: Genes and Social Behaviour
  • TB9: Language and Communication

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 1650 words
N/A 34
University - closed examination
Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology II (Paper 1)
1 hours 33
University - closed examination
Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology II (Paper 2)
1 hours 33

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 1650 words
N/A 34
University - closed examination
Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology II (Paper 1)
1 hours 33
University - closed examination
Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology II (Paper 2)
1 hours 33

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

These are two of the most useful textbooks for this strand:

Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G. M., (2011) Social Psychology (6th ed.). Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Limited.

Kring, Ann M (2013). Abnormal Psychology (12th ed.). Chichester; Wiley.



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