AP2818: Social Psychology and Development

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 7 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology, as appropriate; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: In this module you will learn about the findings and theories of developmental sciences and social psychology.
Module Content: An introduction to the theories and research in social psychology focusing on the areas of social influence (e.g. inter-group behaviour and conformity) social relations (e.g. group identity and prosocial behaviour) and social thinking (e.g. attitudes and attribution). An introduction to theories and research in development psychology, covering selected aspects of perceptual, motor, cognitive, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe key stages of human development across the lifespan: when they occur and what their characteristics are.
  • Identify the main forces (biological and social) that shape the course of human development. Demonstrate some understanding of how those forces interact with each other.
  • Describe controversies regarding the relative importance of different forces shaping the course of development (e.g. How important is parental upbringing, compared to genes, compared to peer influence).
  • Describe key theories that try to explain developmental changes.
  • Evaluate those theories in the light of available evidence.
  • Describe some key features of human social cognition (especially the fundamental attribution error and cognitive dissonance).
  • Describe Fiske's four social modes of cognition.
  • Critically evaluate explanations of human aggression and altruism that are commonly offered.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word written assignment).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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