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PSYC315 Social Psychology

Social processes and their application outside the laboratory.

Social psychology examines the extent to which thought, emotion and behaviour are influenced by our perceived, imagined or direct interactions with the people and society that surround us. In this class, we will specifically focus on how these influences affect intergroup relations.

Paper title Social Psychology
Paper code PSYC315
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
Restriction
PEAC 508
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility

With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 211.

With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.

Contact
jhunter@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Jackie Hunter
Paper Structure

This paper will examine research and theory pertaining to group-based socio-psychological phenomena. Underscoring the importance of identity, motivation and social comparison processes in intergroup relations, the subject matter of the paper will focus on several distinct areas. Topics covered will include diverse theoretical approaches to:

  • The study of social psychology
  • Social influence
  • Cooperation
  • The development of prejudice
  • Attribution
  • Self-esteem
  • Intergroup relations
  • Violence

The paper will consist of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

  • Week 1: The Reality of Groups
  • Week 2: Elementary Processes in Groups
  • Week 3: Social Influence in Groups
  • Week 4: Prejudice and Discontent
  • Week 5: The Development of Prejudice in Children
  • Week 6: Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation
  • Week 7: Social Identity and Intergroup Relations
  • Week 8: Social Motivation
  • Week 9: Prejudice - Old and New
  • Week 10: Social Attribution
  • Week 11: Group Violence and Genocide
  • Week 12: Terror Management

Assessment:

  • Internal assessment is 50% of the final grade. There will be two sets of internal assessment: an essay and a laboratory report. Each assessment is worth 25% of the course mark.
  • The final exam is worth 50%.

Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a paper will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that paper.

Teaching Arrangements

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour lecture per week.

Textbooks
Required Reading:
Brown, R. (2010). Prejudice: Its social psychology (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell

Recommended Reading:
Brown, R. (2000). Group processes: Dynamics within and between groups. Oxford: Blackwell.

Course material is provided electronically via Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
  • The acquisition of knowledge and understanding of the theories and methods used to study intergroup relations
  • The ability to apply the scientific method and challenge myths and stereotypes
  • The ability to communicate one's ideas orally and in writing

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Type of Classes

Lectures, tutorial, laboratory classes. 

Internal Assessment

Essay and laboratory report. 

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41