PSY-10033 - Introduction to developmental and social psychology
Coordinator: Masi Noor Tel: +44 1782 7 32946
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module will allow you to explore a range of topics in developmental, individual differences and social psychology. You will learn about how psychologists have carried out research to better understand human behaviour and thought from expert staff with experience of working in these areas.
Typical topics in developmental psychology could include how children's cognitive abilities including language develop, as well as social and emotional development. Typical topics in individual differences could include intelligence and theories of personality. Topics may also include the psychology of social interaction, groups, norms, conformity and obedience on behaviour, and issues such as bystander intervention, stereotypes and prejudice.
The teaching on this module will combine online and classroom activities, will introduce you to the central theoretical concepts and research evidence from these key areas of psychology, and equip you with the study skills you need to succeed within the module and throughout the rest of your studies at Keele.

To provide an introduction to three key areas of psychology: developmental psychology, individual differences and social psychology. Also, to provide an overview of their history, and to illustrate their inter-relationships by examining contemporary issues.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain key aspects of human thought and behaviour using theories and perspectives from developmental psychology and individual differences: 1
Discuss current and historical research within developmental psychology and individual differences, and explain how research methods and theoretical understanding have developed over time: 1
Locate, select, read and draw upon relevant textbook material and other relevant literature relating to developmental psychology, individual differences and social psychology: 1,2
Correctly answer questions relating to social psychology, theory and research: 2

Study hours

15 hours of synchronous online teaching
10 hours seminar (in situ)
125 hours private study (engaging in asynchronous learning activities, reading around lectures, essay preparation and writing, preparation and completion of MCQ assessments)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
A 1500-word essay which assesses knowledge in a prescribed area of developmental psychology. Students have a choice of 1 essay title from a range of titles.

2: Open Book Assessment weighted 20%
MCQ open-book assessments
Four sets of MCQ open-book assessments spread across the semester will assess knowledge of a variety of topics in social psychology and individual differences. Students marks will be calculated from the best 3 of the four tests. Each test will comprise approximately 10 questions.