Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title GO HIGHER STAGE 2: SOCIETIES AND INDIVIDUALS
Code GOHI004
Coordinator Miss LA Cropper
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
L.Cropper@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 3 FHEQ First Semester 10

Aims

·         Develop confidence and competence in oral and written communication skills
·         Develop knowledge and explore the concepts of the society we live in through examination of issues raised within the key subjects
·         Develop confidence and competence in research skills (critical reading/listening/collation of information and data)
·         Develop confidence and competence in using and applying digital literacy to demonstrate development of key skills and achievement of learning milestones
·         Develop confidence and competence in maths and statistics to enhance understanding of quantitative and qualitative data

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Learning Outcomes

To develop critical reading, writing and presentation skills.

To develop and apply introductory research enquiry skills including ethics, validity and reliability.

Develop an appreciation and reflect how society is impacted by changes in behaviour on a psychological level and in an sociological context

Develop competence in IT/Digital literacy in order to enhance learning and communication skills

Develop competence in understanding data


Syllabus

This first session introduces the key sociological and psychological themes and theoretical perspectives of the module. The session also addresses the module assessments. After that the following topics are explored:

In this lecture we will focus on the ‘motivational states’ t hat influence our behaviour. We will look at how physiological, cultural and cognitive factors interact and influence the way we express our motives and emotions
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SELF-PERCEPTION & SOCIAL IDENTITY:
How do we see ourselves in relation to each other? We will look at key issues of social cognition and how we perceive our relationships with others.
 
Research Report Workshops:
These practical sessions introduce the key quantitative and qualitative social science methods, and facilitate students in the planning of their research reports. 
 

The social construction of attitudes:

We examine how some groups and individuals become stigmatised. It will examine the role of social institutions in the creation of knowledge.

AFFECTING SOCIAL CHANGE, MOTIVATION AND INFLUENCE:

Beliefs and assumptions have important roles in how we evaluate (positively or negatively) other people, social issues or groups. We will look at how by measuring attitudes, we can gain insight to how attitudes affect our choices and our lives.

 

THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY:
Using key theories, including Trait theory and Social Cognitive, we will examine how we define and reconcile our individuality within society.
 
MEDIA USE & PERSUASION IN SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR:
We will look at examples of media influence on pro-social and anti-social behaviour, and explanations of how media persuasiveness can affect our lives

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture - Interactive lectures cover key texts.

Lectures are a mixture of traditional lecture and student input and discussion, hence "interactive".

Workshop - practical session on planning research report

This session offers hands-on preparation for the assessed Research Report


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10
Interactive lectures cover key texts.
        1
practical session on planning research report
11
Timetable (if known) Lectures are a mixture of traditional lecture and student input and discussion, hence "interactive".
 
        This session offers hands-on preparation for the assessed Research Report
 
 
Private Study 89
TOTAL HOURS 100

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework  1500 words  First Semester  50  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Research proposal/portfolio 
Coursework  1500 words  First semester  50  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Research Report Notes (applying to all assessments) - none 

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.
Explanation of Reading List:

Most matierial will be supplied electronically and be available on the appropriate VITAL page. Supplementary reading materials specific to lectures are also available. The following are books that are useful for wider reading and understanding, but are not set texts:

Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2010). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook, (6th Ed.).London: Psychology Press.

 Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D. (2011). Psychology, (8th Ed.). London: Norton.
Maltby, J., Day, L., & Macaskill, A. 2007. Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. Essex: Pearson.
Hogg, M.A. & Vaughan, G.M. (2010). Social Psychology, 6th Ed. London: Prentice-Hall.
Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics using SPSS (and sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll), 3rd Ed. London: Sage.
(Andy Field also has a very useful (and creative!) website: http://www.statisticshell.com/)
 Dancey, C. & Reidy, J. (2004). Statistics without Maths for Psychology. London: Prentice-Hall.
Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W. and Jonas, K (2008) Introduction to Social Psychology: a European Perspective. Blackwell Press. Oxford.

Giddens, A. (2009) Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press.  

Goffman, E. (1961) Asylums: Essays on Patients and Other Inmates. New York: Anchor.  

Hammersely, M. (2013) Wh at is Qualitative Research? London: Bloomsbury. 

Haralambos, M & Holborn, M. (2008) Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. London: Harper Collins.

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