Not available in 2019/20
PB204      Half Unit
Social Psychology: Groups and Inter-Group Relations

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

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This course is compulsory on the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.


Students should have taken Foundations of Psychological Science (PB101) or Foundations of Behavioural Science (PB100).

Course content

This course builds the core knowledge of Social Psychology and engages the relationship between social psychological theory and research. Participation in the lectures will expose students to a range of social psychology topics, and highlight the connections between real world problems, social psychological theory and empirical data. Students will develop an understanding of the four core messages of social psychology:  that behaviour is a product of the person and the situation; that the role of situational factors are systematically underestimated; that this underestimation is itself an effect of culture, and that social psychological research represents an advance on “common sense” knowledge of the social world. This course will foster a critical evaluation of (social) psychological science.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT.

Formative coursework

During the course, students will complete three kinds of formative assessment:

1. 1 mini essay (1000 words)

2. 1 individual oral presentation to the class

3. 1 quiz including multiple choice questions and short written answer questions

Indicative reading

Buunk, A.P., & Van Vugt, M. (2008). Applying Social Psychology: From problems to solutions. London: Sage.

Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2007). Essential Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W., Jonas, K. (2015).  An Introduction to Social Psychology (6th ed.). BPS Blackwell.

Hogg, M.A., & Vaughan, G.M. (2014). Social Psychology (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson. 

Students will be expected to read essential readings plus additional reading from the primary literature for each class. These readings will be provided in the course outline.


Essay (80%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Presentation (20%) in the MT.

20% of the overall mark will be in the form of an individual presentation during the course. 

Students following the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science will be expected to submit one ‘Integration Essay’ in their second year. The integration essay will be submitted as the assessed essay for ONE of PB200, PB201, PB202, PB204 and PB205.  The integration essay will discuss a topic investigated in one course and use its approach to integrate and debate approaches from two other courses taken in Year 2. For example, if you choose to submit your integration essay in Social Psychology: Groups and Inter-Group Relations (this course) you will use a topic from this course as the basis for debating the treatment of that topic by theories from two of Biological Psychology (PB200), Cognitive Psychology (PB201), Developmental Psychology (PB202) and Individual Differences and Why They Matter (PB205).

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills