Module Title:Cognitive & Social Psychology
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to lecture content. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of theories of social and cognitive psychology and its application to social and community care settings particularly in relation to human development.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply the processes of cognitive development in a social context, looking at how the individual operates in society.
LO2 Describe and evaluate theories of cognitive development.
LO3 Explain and evaluate theories of memory and their application to practice.
LO4 Discuss and evaluate theories of social psychology and their application to practice.
LO5 Explain how the individual interacts with society and community and how this impacts on individual functioning and development.
LO6 Reflect on the influence of the group on individual behavior.
LO7 Evaluate theories of social relationships and its application in social/community settings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cognitive development
• Defining cognitive development • Identifying cognitive development milestones • Theories of cognitive development • Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, Information processing approach
Memory
What is memory Theories of memory Eyewitness testimony Implications for practice
Social Cognition/perception
• Understanding the self • Attitudes and persuasion • Prejudice • Stereotypes • Difference between sensation and perception • Attribution • Social perception and interpersonal communication • Biases in social information processing • Body language • Difficult interpersonal communication
Social Relationships
• Theories of Interpersonal relationships • Attraction • Formation of Interpersonal relationships • Maintenance of relationships • Dissolution of relationships • Agression • Empathy
Social Influence
• Group influence, Teamwork • Group interactions and processes • Groups and group behaviour • Obedience • Conformity and compliance • Leadership • Application to Practice
Social psychology in action
• Application of social psychology theories to practice
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written piece 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 2 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 2 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 2 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 2 Mandatory