Social Psychology of Groups (PSYL10140)

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Social Psychology of Groups (PSYL10140)

Semester 2, Thursday 11:10am-1:00pm

BPS core areas - Social Psychology


What will be covered?

This course will focus on the role of social groups in the way people think, feel, and act. It will start by focusing on major theories (social cognitive theory, social identity theory) and how they relate to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. It will then look at how we can challenge and reduce these social burdens. Following this broad introduction in the first half of the course, we will focus on a range of specific topics within social psychology. This is intended to introduce you to the cutting edge of research being conducted in these fields today. For example, we would cover dehumanization, objectification, and the ways in which people think about and interact with animals. 

How will it be delivered?

The class will consist of a series of lectures and group discussions. Formative feedback will be provided weekly in the form of brief discussion questions covered in class.

Lecture recording policy: Lectures will be recorded

What skills will be gained?

Students will develop skills of understanding and critically evaluating social psychological research, they will also refine their ability to generate novel approaches to answering social psychological questions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Acquire a deep understanding of how the social world affects psychology.

2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of how the social world influences human interactions.

3. Be able to critically evaluate existing research from a social psychological perspective.

4. Explain how the groups we belong to can alter psychological functioning.

5. Be able to develop quantitative research designs to explore the social world.


30% Mid-term Essay (1000 words limit; submission deadline Thursday 27th February, 12.00 noon)

You will be asked a specific question related to stereotypes, prejudice, and/or discrimination and prepare an essay response of 1,000 words.

70% Research Proposal (2000 words limit; submission deadline Thursday 9th April, 12.00 noon)

You will select from a range of research topics and develop a research proposal. This will cover an introduction, methodology, and proposed analysis section.

Relationship Between Assessment and Learning Outcomes

The assessment requires all items listed among learning outcomes.

Reading resources

Indicative reading:

Brewer, M. (1999). The psychology of prejudice: Ingroup love and outgroup hate? Journal of Social Issues.

Yzerbyt, V. (2016). Intergroup stereotyping. Current Opinion in Psychology.

Haslam., N., & Loughnan, S. (2014). Dehumanization and infrahumanization. Annual Review of Psychology.

Resources list:

This list will be published on Learn.

28/08/2019 - 2:10pm