DD317 Advancing social psychology

Social psychology investigates people as social beings, looking at the interrelationships between psychological issues and particular situations and contexts. DD317 uses social psychology to explore important social and political issues that concern people in the UK today. What is the impact of globalisation on modern cultures? How does immigration affect identities? How do citizens engage in new political movements and other forms of political action? How can we explain new gender identities? How have the huge recent changes in work and employment impacted on the identities and life courses of contemporary workers? The module looks at how social psychologists address these questions and some of the new developments in social psychology theory and research, including interdisciplinary research.

The field of social psychology is very broad so we suggest in the module that there are actually many different social psychologies. In this session David, Paul and Stephanie talk about some of these.

Further information on the module can be found here.

Presentation time: 
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 - 15:20

David Kaposi

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David is a block leader at the DD317 module, responsible for the weeks on 'Threats and fears' that engage with the relationship between social psychology and psychoanalysis.

Paul Stenner

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Paul Stenner is Professor of Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at The Open University where he is also Leads the Psychosocial Stream of the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance. He holds a PhD in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Reading. His PhD work used Q methodology and thematic decomposition to study the social construction of jealousy.

Stephanie Taylor

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Stephanie is the co-Chair of the new module DD317 Advancing social psychology. Working on it has been an opportunity for her to draw on previous OU experiences as a student, tutor and academic. Her research interests are in critical discursive and narrative psychology, studying the ways that the ideas shared across a society impact on how we understand ourselves.