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EDU 526 Introduction to Social Psychology: Reading list

Department: Master of Education
Module Description: Social psychology is concerned with the description and explanation of behaviour when humans interact with others. This module will provide a comprehensive and critical understanding of the concepts and methods used to explain the social behaviour of individuals, in terms of both internal characteristics of the person (such as cognitive mental processes) and external influences (such as groups and the social environment). Module content will typically range from traditional social psychological theories and methods to more critical application of knowledge to everyday behaviours and how we can consider behaviour change in a social world. Lectures will cover topics that include how we define the self; attitude formation and change; attribution theories; obedience; aggression; pro-social behaviour; social categories, and intra-group processes, such as group decision-making; inter-group dynamics which lead to group conflict, prejudice, and discrimination; and the ways that social knowledge is categorised – by the individual (e.g. schema theory) as well as  within a culture (e.g. social representation and social constructionist theories).


Module text(s)

  • Augoustinos, M., Walker, I. and Donaghue, N. (2014). Social cognition: an integrated introduction. Third edn. London: SAGE.
  • Fiske, S. T., Gilbert, D. T. and Lindzey, G. (2010). Handbook of social psychology. 5th edn. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.
  • Hogg, M. A. and Vaughan, G. M. (2018). Social psychology. 8th edn. Harlow: Pearson.

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