PSY-10033 - Introduction to developmental and social psychology
Coordinator: Lucy A James Room: DH0.33 Tel: +44 1782 7 34263
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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.
After a brief overview of the history of psychology typical topics in developmental psychology could include the development of children's cognitive and language abilities, as well as social, moral and emotional development. Typical topics in individual differences could include intelligence and theories of personality. Typical topics in social psychology may include attribution, attitudes, group norms and conformity, obedience, co-operation and helping, stereotypes, social identity theory and prejudice.
Each week, you will attend two, one-hour lectures, and a one-hour seminar class, which will introduce you to the central theoretical concepts and research evidence, and equip you with the study skills you need to succeed within the module and throughout the rest of your studies at Keele.
The module is assessed by a formative essay on the history of psychology. You will receive feedback on this essay but no mark. A summative essay on developmental psychology which contributes 50% of the module mark. A multiple choice examination on individual differences and social psychology which contributes 50% to the assessment of the module. To pass this module you need to achieve an overall mark of 40%.

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

Correctly answer questions relating to theory and research in developmental psychology, social psychology, and individual differences: 2

Study hours

Synchronous teaching session include:
-20 hours of teaching (120 min sessions)
-10 hours seminar
Asynchronous private study includes:
-20 hours (10 x 2hr) for reading articles and completing response sheets
-5 hours for completing MCQ assessments
-15 hours preparatory reading ahead of teaching sessions
-40 hours to read for essay
-40 hours to write essay

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
A 1500-word essay which assesses integrated knowledge across both developmental and social psychology. Students have a choice of 1 essay title from a range of titles.

2: Open Book Assessment weighted 20%
MCQ open-book assessments
Fortnightly sets of MCQ open-book assessments spread across the semester will assess knowledge of a variety of topics in social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences. Students marks will be calculated from the best 4 of the five tests. Each test will comprise approximately 10 questions.