Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology

Module titleAdvances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology
Module codePSYM204
Academic year2017/8
Credits30
Module staff

Dr Andrew Livingstone (Convenor)

Dr Teri Kirby (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

10

10

Number students taking module (anticipated)

20

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will explore the cutting edge of research in both social psychology and organisational psychology. You will obtain a thorough understanding across a range of topics of both traditional and contemporary approaches to the key issues facing the fields of social and organisational psychology and develop a critical lens through which to view these exciting fields. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the ways in which social and organisational psychological theory are used to inform, persuade and change the behaviour of others.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to acquaint you with the cutting edge of research in the fields of both social psychology and organisational psychology. Working together to discuss and present both theory and recent empirical research, we will acquire a thorough understanding of both traditional and contemporary approaches to the key issues and themes in both social psychology and organisational psychology. Over the course of the module, we will learn how to evaluate critically both the research itself and the direction(s) in which these fields, as a whole, are moving.

Through attending the weekly seminars and completing the assessments, you will further develop the following academic and professional skills:

  • problem solving (linking theory to practice, developing your own ideas with confidence, showing entrepreneurial awareness, being able to respond to novel and unfamiliar problems)
  • managing structure (identifying key demands of the task, setting clearly defined goals, responding flexibly to changing priorities)
  • time management (managing time effectively individually and within a group)
  • collaboration (respecting the views and values of others, taking initiative and leading others
  • supporting others in their work, maintaining group cohesiveness and purpose), and audience awareness (presenting ideas effectively in multiple formats, persuading others of the importance and relevance of your views, responding positively and effectively to questions).

The teaching contributions on this module involve elements of research undertaken by module staff, such as work on social identity, emotion, and behaviour change (Livingstone), and diversity in organisations (Kirby). Moreover, you are encouraged to engage critically with original research through the seminars and the assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe extensively current research in social psychology
  • 2. Describe extensively current research in organisational psychology
  • 3. Evaluate critically research in social and organisational psychology

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Ask good research questions and construct good theoretical answers
  • 5. Command an extensive variety of research skills to address research questions
  • 6. Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • 7. Conduct high quality empirical research
  • 8. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively, fluently and professionally by written, graphic and oral means

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Deliver short presentations making use of modern visual aids
  • 10. Integrate complex material as you develop critical arguments in response papers and essays
  • 11. Debate competently arguments presented in class in open discussion

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Indicative structure of topics is as follows:

Social Psychology:

  • Introduction to social psychology
  • Stereotyping
  • Intergroup relations
  • Social identity theory
  • Crowd psychology
  • Improving intergroup relations
  • Emotion I
  • Emotion II
  • Predicting behaviour
  • Meta-perspectives: evaluating social psychology as a (scientific) enterprise

Organisational Psychology:

  • The nature of organisational psychology
  • The history of organisational psychology
  • Research methods in organisational psychology
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Diversity
  • Goal setting
  • Productivity
  • Negotiation and conflict and unions and protest
  • Future directions in organisational psychology

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
602400

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching30Weekly seminars – social psychology
Scheduled Learning and Teaching30Weekly seminars – organisational psychology
Guided Independent Study10Preparation for social psychology presentation
Guided Independent Study10Preparation for organisational psychology presentation
Guided Independent Study45Preparation for social psychology seminars
Guided Independent Study45Preparation for organisational psychology seminars
Guided Independent Study65Writing thought papers
Guided Independent Study65Research and preparation of organisational psychology essay

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Thought paper500 words1-8, 10Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75025

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Social psychology presentation1015-20 minutes1-11Written
Social psychology seminar participation5Weekly1-11Written
Critical thought papers (4 x 500 words; 1 x 1500 words)353500 words1-8, 10Written
Organisational psychology presentation1030 minutes1-11Oral
In-class quizzes (8 short quizzes)510 multiple choice items1-3Oral
Organisational psychology essay353250 words1-8, 10Written

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Social psychology presentationAlternative assessments to be arranged as required Alternative assessments to be arranged as required1-11By the end of August
Social psychology seminar participationAlternative assessments to be arranged as required Alternative assessments to be arranged as required1-11By the end of August
Critical thought papersCritical thoughts paper(s)1-8, 10By the end of August
Organisational psychology presentationAlternative assessments to be arranged as required Alternative assessments to be arranged as required1-11By the end of August
In-class quizzes (8 short quizzes)Alternative assessments to be arranged as required Alternative assessments to be arranged as required1-3By the end of August
Organisational psychology essayOrganisational psychology essay1-8, 10By the end of August

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The module mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit further assessments based on which assessments were failed originally. The module mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The following texts are recommended.

  • Ellemers, N., Spears, R., and Doosje, B. (1999). Social identity: Context, content, and commitment. Oxford: Blackwell
  • Haslam, S. A. (2004). Psychology in organisations: The social identity approach. London: Sage

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE – vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1806 (specific readings for both Social Psychology and Organisational Psychology will be assigned for each week and will be available on the Exeter Learning Environment Module Homepage)

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Methods, social psychology, organisational psychology

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/09/2011

Last revision date

15/08/2017