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We are all ‘social animals’. We interact with one another and engage in conversations, contests and conflicts. This self-contained course explores these interactions and looks at obedience, prejudice, aggression, altruism and communication from a psychological standpoint. The course will be useful for those continuing studying to degree level in the social sciences, and also those with an interest in how we as individuals interact with the social world. There will be opportunities to develop study skills, learn about innovative research studies and engage in group discussions.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in society and a willingness to read, discuss and think. This course forms part of the Foundation Certificate in Social Studies and can help you to progress onto degree courses.
Learning and Teaching
There will be lectures, classroom debates, group workshops, seminar presentations and video material. The emphasis will be on active learning to help you develop an understanding of the subject matter and its relevance to the real world.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
There is not a course book for this course. Your tutor will suggest a variety of books that you can borrow from the library. You may want to buy books but these can be second hand and you may want to share with other students. The book list that follows is a list of suggestions which may help to give you some ideas, if you want to do some reading before the course begins, but feel free to read around the subject and follow your own interests.
Mcllveen R. & Gross R. (1998) Social Psychology, London: Hodder & Stoughton
Aronson E., Wilson T.D. & Akert R.M. (1997) (2nd ed.) Social Psychology, Harlow: Longman
ATKINSON R. ATKINSON, R. SMITH. R.E. AND BERN D.J. (11th ED 1994 or later) Introduction to Psychology. London:Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Beck, A. T., M.D, (1989) Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy. New York: Harper Perennial
GLIETMAN H. (2002) Psychology 5th ed. New York: WW Norton
Wright R. (1994) The Moral Animal. London: Abacus
HAYES N.(1993) Principles of Social Psychology, Hove: Lawrence Erlhbaum Associates.
- www.alleydog.com - Student info site
- www.psychology.org/ - Encyclopaedia of Psychology
- www.socialpsychology.org - General social psychology website
Other Learning Resources
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.
The course will include:
- What is our basic social nature?
- Relationship formation
- Attitudes and attitude change
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