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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Social Psychology

Academic Year: 2015/16

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

British Psychological Society, for Graduate Membership of the Society (GM) and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership as a Chartered Psychologist (GBC)

Final award BSc/ BSc+DIntS/ BSc+DIS/ BSc+DPS
Programme title Social Psychology
Programme code SSUB02
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time, BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS/DIS: 4 years full-time (including a one-year placement)
UCAS code C880
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/socialsciences/socialpsychology/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:09:26 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with the opportunity to study psychology from a social perspective in the multidisciplinary context of a Social Sciences Department in a way that fosters critical evaluation of psychological theory and research, the relations between psychology and its cognate disciplines, both academically and in its real-life application.
  • To provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students develop systematic and scientific understandings of key and cutting-edge aspects of psychology in a social psychological context, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge of mind, brain, behaviour, and experience, and of the complex interactions between these.
  • To enable students to devise and sustain arguments and solve problems throughout their development of a conceptually and empirically grounded understanding of social psychology and core psychological topics, and be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to different types of audiences.
  • To develop students’ ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions and abstract concepts, understand of the role of empirical evidence in the creation and testing of theory and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge.
  • To enable students to deploy accurately established techniques of  quantitative and qualitative research techniques and methods for investigating experience and behaviour culminating in an ability to conduct research independently.
  • To enable students to manage their own learning, exercise initiative and responsibility, use scholarly materials and primary sources, which maximises students’ opportunities to graduate with the abilities needed to undertake further training and enhance their employability.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Psychology.
  • Requirements of the British Psychological Society which undertakes regular two-yearly ongoing monitoring and a full Review once every five years, including their curriculum.
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Social Psychology 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The Social Psychology degree teaches the broad range of psychology, but necessarily emphasises the social psychological base of the discipline.  In keeping with the British Psychological Society requirements for accreditation, students develop knowledge and understanding of psychological topics in the areas listed below, assessed separately at Level I or H as defined by the QAA Framework for HE Qualifications. On successful completion of this programme, students will therefore be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Social psychology: e.g., social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, close relationships and social constructionism.
  2. Cognitive psychology: e.g., perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.
  3. Individual differences and personality: e.g., abnormal and normal personality, psychological testing, intelligence, cognitive style, emotion, motivation and mood.
  4. Developmental psychology: e.g., childhood, adolescence and life-span development, development of attachment, social relations, cognitive and language development, social and cultural contexts of development.
  5. Biological psychology: e.g., biological bases of behaviour, hormones and behaviour, behavioural genetics, neuropsychology, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology.
  6. Conceptual and historical issues in psychology: e.g., the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations.
  7. Research design, including qualitative and quantitative methods, the nature and appropriate statistical analysis of data, psychometrics and measurement techniques, an empirical project.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students are able to:

  • Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.
  • Reason scientifically and integrate ideas and findings across psychology and recognise distinctive psychological approaches to relevant issues.
  • Critically analyse methods and theory in psychology and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Apply psychological theory and research methods of psychology to problems in everyday life and social institutions.
  • Identify and evaluate general patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  • Generate and explore hypotheses and research questions.
  • Carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field studies.
  • Analyse data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Present and evaluate research findings.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
  • Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
  • Carry out an extensive piece of independent empirical research, including defining a research problem; formulating testable hypotheses/research questions; choosing appropriate methodologies; planning and carrying out a study efficiently; demonstrating awareness of ethical issues and current codes of ethics and conduct; obtaining the appropriate ethical approval for their research; demonstrating ability to reason about the data and present the findings effectively; discussing findings in terms of previous research; evaluating methodologies and analyses employed and implications for ethics; and, where appropriate.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively through written, oral and visual means, and be able to develop a cogent argument supported by relevant evidence, sensitive to the needs and expectations of an audience.
  2. Comprehend and use numerical, statistical and other forms of data effectively.
  3. Be computer literate, retrieve and organise information effectively, and handle primary source material critically.
  4. Problem solve and reason scientifically, identify and pose research questions, to consider alternative approaches to their solutions and to evaluate outcomes.
  5. Make critical judgements and evaluation, be able to take different perspectives on issues and problems, to evaluate them in a critical manner to arrive at supported conclusions.
  6. Be sensitive to contextual and interpersonal factors that shape behaviour and social interaction including understanding interpersonal conflict and the importance of enhancing cooperation to maximise the effectiveness of individual skills as shown in group work and team building.
  7. Be independent and pragmatic as learners, taking responsibility for their own learning and skill development.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code: SSUB02

This is a three-year long full-time degree programme.  In each of the three parts (years) of the degree (A, B and C), students take modules amounting to 120 credits.  In each part, credit splits across the two semesters may be 60:60, 50:70 or 70:50 (depending on the credit weights available).  In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a Placement Year (Part I) after Part B or a Study Abroad scheme at Part B.

Important note: No module may be taken and passed more than once. Module availability is subject to timetabling constraints. 

Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA101

Introduction to Social Psychology - Cognition and Social Influence

10

SSA105

Psychological Statistics 1A

10

SSA107

Practical Social Psychology 1A

10

SSA110

Social Psychology and Relationships

10

Semester 2

SSA102

Introduction to Social Psychology - Self in Social Context

10

SSA106

Psychological Statistics 1B

10

SSA108

Practical Social Psychology 1B

10

SSA109

 Controversies in Psychology

10

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take FOUR 10 credit options from the following (students must choose at least one Social Sciences option per Semester):

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

10

Semester 2

EUA614

Political Ideologies

10

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Broadcasting

10

Semesters 1 and 2

Students can also choose other modules from the University’s Module Catalogue, approved by the Department of Social Sciences for inclusion in the programme, including languages in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

Language Options:  Students who wish to take a language are required to do both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules

10

Part B - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (120 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

PSB319

Individual Differences and Personality

10

SSB105

Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

10

SSB132

Developmental Psychology

20

SSB134

Biological Psychology

20

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB103

Researching Social Life

20

SSB104

Understanding Human Interaction

10

SSB106

Quantitative Research Methods

10

SSB133

Cognitive Psychology

20

NO OPTIONAL MODULES

Part I

Placement Year: Students have the opportunity to take a placement year (Part I) after successful completion of Part B. Three placement routes are available:

  • Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a programme of industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a British Council approved Teaching Assistantship either at a school or other approved placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. Successful completion of this route leads to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). It should be noted that students undertaking a Teaching Assistantship should have a minimum of AS level in the appropriate language, or its equivalent. The equivalent level in the University Wide Language Programme is level 4. Note that students taking this Teaching Assistantship scheme through the Department of Politics, History and International Relations will be registered on module EUI002.  Students taking other work abroad placement opportunities will be registered on SSI002.

Registration on the DIntS, DIS and DPS routes is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory performance during Parts A and B.

Depending on the Placement type, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Weight

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS)

120

SSI002

 

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for work placements abroad

120

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for the Teaching Assistantship Scheme

120

SSI003

Diploma in Industrial Studies Placement (DIS)

120

Part C

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Weight

SSC136

Social Psychology and Social Problems

10

Semester 2

SSC137

Psychology in Practice

10

Semesters 1 and 2

SSC199 

OR

SSC499 

Social Psychology Project Dissertation

 

Professional and Applied Social Sciences Dissertation

 

40

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take THREE 20 credit options from the following: (students choosing a language option should choose both Semesters 1 and 2 (20 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Title

Credit

SSC013

 Sociology of Tourism

20

SSC130

 Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

SSC138

 Forensic Psychology

20

SSC219

 Criminology of Violence

20

SSC316

 Media, Memory and History

20

Semester 2

SSC022

Body, Health and the Digital

20

SSC233

Crime and Deviance in Sport

20

SSC357

Producing the News

20

PSC315

Psychology and Health (capped at 20 students)

20

PSC311

Clinical Psychology (capped at 20 students)

20

Semesters 1 and 2

Language Options:  Students who wish to take a language are required to do both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules

20

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

Subject to the provisions of Regulation XX, candidates who have the right of reassessment in any Part of the programme may opt to undergo reassessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period, subject to SAP restrictions on SSA107, SSA108, SSB103, SSB104, SSB105 and SSB106.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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