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Psychology@LSE Orientation

Welcome to Psychology@LSE Orientation 2015. We hope you will find the information below useful and that it will help you to prepare for your time at the Psychology@LSE. 

Please note that this information is updated regularly, so check back often.

Letter from the Head of Department, Professor Catherine Campbell.

In order to help you decide on your option courses please click here to see a selection of half-unit optional course video clips.

View Suggested reading for PS Core Courses

Social Psychology Orientation Events timetable

Programme Handbooks for the 2014-15 session

MSc Health, Community and Development

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

MSc Social and Public Communication

Suggested readings for PS core courses

Please note that the purpose of this listing is to give you a ‘flavour’ of the texts used on each of the core courses.

Our intention is not to make you feel overwhelmed but to help you prepare for your time with us. Happy reading.

MSc Health, Community and Development

P Freire, Education for Critical Consciousness, New York: Continuum (1973)

M Seedat, (Ed), Community Psychology: Theory, Method and Practice, Cape Town: Oxford University Press (2001)

S. Hickey and G. Mohan (Eds) (2004) Participation: from tyranny to transformation? London: Zed

M. Murray and C. Campbell (Guest Editors) (2004) Special Edition on Community Health Psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (2)

R Chambers, Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last. London: ITDG (2003)

J Pottier, A Bicker & P Sillitoe (Eds), Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development. London: Pluto

J Habermas, 'The public sphere: an encyclopedia article'. In S Bronner & M Douglas (Eds), Critical Theory and Society: a Reader, London: Routledge. Pp. 136-142

M Foucault, Power/Knowledge. Selected Interviews and other Writings 1972-1977, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf (1980)

D Hook (Ed) Critical Psychology. University of Cape Town Press (2004)

S Jovchelovitch & C Campbell (Guest Editors) Special edition on Health, Community and Development. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 10

I Martin-Baro, Writings for a Liberation Psychology. London: Harvard University Press (1994)

C Campbell, Letting them Die: why HIV Prevention Programmes Fail, Oxford: James Currey.

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

S Clegg & C Handy, Studying Organisations: Theory and Method, Sage, 1998

E H Schein, Organisational Psychology (3rd edn), Prentice Hall, 1988; G Morgan, Images of Organisation (2nd edn), Sage, 1997

E Jaques, Requisite Organisation, Casson Hall, 1989; A Bryman (Ed), Doing Research in Organisations, Routledge, 1988

D Hoskins & I Morley, A Social Psychology of Organising, Simon and Schuster, 1992

Hosking, D.-M., Dachler, H. P., & Gergen, K. J. (1995). Management and organization : relational alternatives to individualism. Aldershot, Brookfield, USA: Avebury.

Hosking, D.-M., & Morley, I. E. (1991). A Social Psychology of Organizing. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

K E Weick, Sense Making in Organisation, Addison Wesley, 1995.

MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

J Israel & H Tajfel, The Context of Social Psychology, Academic Press, 1972

M Billig, Arguing and Thinking: A Rhetorical Approach to Social Psychology, CUP, 1987

M. Cole, Cultural Psychology: A once and future discipline. Harvard University Press, 1996; K Deaux & G Philogene, Representations of the Social, Blackwell, 2001

R M Farr, The Roots of Modern Social Psychology, Blackwell, 1996

U. Flick, The Psychology of the Social. Cambridge University Press, 1998

C Fraser & G Gaskell, The Social Psychological Study of Widespread Beliefs, Clarendon Press, 1990

S Moscovici, Social Representations: Explorations in Social Psychology. Polity Press, 2000

S. Jovchelovitch, Knowledge in Context: Representations, community and culture. Routledge, 2007

H Tajfel, Human Groups and Social Categories; Studies in Social Psychology, CUP, 1981

M. Tomasello, The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition. Harvard University Press, 1999

L. Vygotsky Mind in Society, Harvard University Press, 1978.

J. Wertsch (ed.) Culture, Communication and Cognition. Cambridge University Press, 1985.

MSc Social and Public Communication

J Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action, Vol 1 + 2, Polity Press, 1997

R Heath & B Jennings, Human Communication Theory and Research: Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges (2nd edn), Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000

A Mattelart & Mattelart, Theories of Communication: a Short Introduction, Sage, 1998

D McQuail, McQuail’s Mass Communication theory (4th edn), Sage, 2000

R Rice & C Atkin, Public Communication Campaign, Sage, 2000; E Rogers, Diffusion of Innovation, Free Press, 1995

D Sperber & D Wilson, Relevance: Communication and Cognition, Cambridge, 1995.

Please read all the above in conjunction with information on the LSE webpage