My DD307 revision strategy refined

I’ve been refining my revision strategy for DD307 over the last couple of days within the three blocks I’ve decided to study (Block 3 – Social Judgement; Block 5 – Group Processes; Block 6 – Production of Knowledge).

I’ve decided to focus the majority of my future revision efforts on a single chapter from each block. Unsurprisingly, as the discursive critique is the only one I’m really comfortable with, all three of my selected chapters pit the social cognitive against the discursive perspective. As none of these chapters came up in a TMA question, I figure that it’s a reasonable gamble.

This strategy therefore makes my primary targets:

Block 3 – Attitudes:   LaPierre (Chinese visitors) and Fishbein & Ajzen (TRA and TPB)  vs. Potter and Wetherell (Critique of Marsh and Polynesian immigrants in NZ).

Block 5 – Intragroup Processes:  Janis (Groupthink) vs Potter and Reicher (St. Paul’s Riots).

Block 6 – Bystander Intervention:  Darley and Latane (Experimental) vs Cherry (Social Constructionist/Feminist) viewpoints of the murder of Kitty Genovese.

That leaves a set of secondary revision targets within each of the blocks which I’m less comfortable with, but shouldn’t have to use. In order of importance, these are:

Block 5: The chapters on SIT and prejudice & conflict. My reading of previous year’s papers suggest that sometimes questions come up which span two of the three chapters in this block. That possibility makes these two chapters the most important backups to have.

Block 3: Attribution. This comes next in priority order as the critique is fairly straightforward to work through, even though it’s phenomenological.

Block 6: Embodiment. This comes last as it’s a chapter where the cognitive social perspective is absent and so pits the discursive against the phenomenological perspective. I’m also gambling that the chapter on individual differences doesn’t come up as TMA06 covered it. It’s never appeared in the DD307 examination yet …

I just hope that this strategy will be enough to see me through to at least 55% for a pass 3 and preferably 70%+ for a pass 2!



  • Naomipanayi

    I just want to say a big thank for the revision notes they have greatly helped. I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the revision notes for DD307 book 2 chapter 7. I believe in this case it is a missing file as Ive had no problems viewing all other PDFs

    Regards Naomi

  • Marc

    Hi Tim,

    Just a quick note to thank you for the DD307 revision notes and for the post above. They’re both going to be extremely useful – I have my exam on 2 June!


  • louise

    thanks Tim, thats really useful advice

  • tim

    Hi Louise,

    Almost! The surprise on the October 2011 paper was the group processes block. From what I remember, both questions required material from at least 2 of the 3 chapters and arguably could have made use of material from all 3. Fortunately, I’d managed to revise rather more than I suggested I was going to do here, so that quirk didn’t throw too much of a spanner into the works. I ended up with a comfortable pass 2 on the exam, but I’d lost a lot of motivation on DD307 by that point due to my (for me) disastrous performance on the early TMAs. So I was quite relieved to escape with the overall pass 2 for the module and even more relieved that I’d already all but ensured my first overall because of my performance on DD303 the year before.

    Have a look at the October 2011 paper and you should see what I mean. OUSA sell past papers online for a small donation – definitely worth buying them.

    All the best,


  • louise

    Hi Tim,
    I realise you took the exam some time ago but did your revision strategy work? I am looking along the same lines as feel I just cannot remember everything so have to drop some of the chapters – if you can remember and have any comments please let me know, many thanks Louise

  • vin

    Hi Tim. There are so many variations/definitions of what discourse is that I find it very confusing. Could you define it and explain it within an example in terms of how we need to understand it within DD307?

    Warm regards


    • tim

      Hi Vince,

      I’d say that discourse in DD307 terms is about what people say and how they say it. The focus is on the creation of meaning intersubjectively – i.e. what is shared socially between people rather than what is created in an individual’s head. There’s lots of good papers around that show how it applies in a DD307 context – e.g. Edley and Wetherell (2001) on men’s constructions of feminism and feminists.

      Good luck,


  • Clare

    The above is really helpful so thanks. I am not sure if we are penalised or not being overseas and not attending regular tutorials but our correspondence has been very good. It does feel a little lonely around exam time!

    I think I’ll stick to plan: Self, Emotions, Bystander & FAE…with a few lined up as backups. All 4 themes well covered and I’ll bear in mind your comment about adding in other critiques too.

    I’m off now, back to the revision.
    Thanks agin

  • Clare

    Thanks for that advice on block 2, I am off to polish the self!

    The self however leaves me heavily weighted towards the Phenomenology perspective in my answers, with no mention of the discursive! Oops. Did the tutorials discuss the need to cover as many perspectives in the exam as possible?


    • tim

      Hi Clare,

      The advice I’ve received has been ambiguous to say the least! If you can somehow cover all of the bases (perspectives and interrogative tools) then it helps I think – as the exam is about demonstrating knowledge of the course materials. So even in a cognitive vs discursive critique, we were advised to bring in a point from the other two perspectives if we could and it was relevant, as well as making sure we used one or two of the interrogative themes in each answer – but bringing in all 4 into the same answer was argued as being madness.

      I suggested to my tutor that I was only going to do cognitive vs discursive chapters, which she thought was ok but not ideal, provided that within the three answers the four themes were used. This is why I’m leaning towards embodiment rather than bystander for block 6 … But having said all that, I still think I can do a better answer on bystander than embodiment, judging by previous years questions …

      I’m certain that I will end up making my final decision at 2.31pm on Thursday!

  • Clare

    I was having a revision panic and so I popped here for some reassurance.

    Some reassurance received (thanks)
    Some more panic setting in!

    I have also gone for a revision strategy but for Block 3 I have focussed on the FAE instead and like you I have chosen Bystander intervention

    But I think I have made a critical error with my 3rd category Block 2, which I reduced to emotion and self but now thinking about your comment about using TMA questions…then perhaps the self isn’t a good option so perhaps I need to do a last minute addition of families……..

    Good luck on Thursday and many thanks for your help. Your notes have given me confidence that I am at least on the right lines.


    • tim

      Hi Clare,

      I”m sure you may have read my later posts, but I’ve subtly modified my strategy to cover all of the group processes chapters (but with a focus on conflict and prejudice instead of intragroup) and I’m now debating about bystander vs embodiment, purely for the reason that I can’t get my head around the phenomenological critique of the FAE and I want some way of demonstrating that I understand something about the phenomenological perspective!

      We were told at the Warwick revision weekend that the exam questions on block 2 have always been from the same chapters that were given as TMA questions – but of course, it could be different this year. The other bit of advice was that if you decide to drop a block for revision (as I have with block 2) it’s a really good idea to revise all of the chapters in the 3 remaining blocks.

      Good luck for Thursday,


  • joyce

    Hi Tim,
    Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your revision notes which I found invaluable for the DD303 exam. I have followed your blog with interest as your experience of DD303 and DD307 appears to have been very similar to mine. I am also using a ‘gamblers’ strategy and plan on revising FAE; Prejudice and conflict; and Bystander effect with a secondary revision plan of Attitudes; Intragroup and Embodiment. I don’t want to muck up your plan but I asked at the Warwick revision weekend whether it was safe to just use one perspective for all essays in the exam and was told that within the marking strategy it was important to use at least two perspectives. I know tutor comments have varied on this, but just thought I would mention it. Good luck, whatever you decide to do. Joyce

    • tim

      Thanks Donna and Joyce!

      I have a final tutorial tomorrow, so I’ll ask the question there about perspectives too. If it’s suggested to use at least two, then I’ll probably swap attitudes for attributions.


  • Donna

    Ah yes refining the revision strategy, a concept I am also familiar with. I have the same plan Tim, three main chapters and two to compliment/backup. Im sure you will do brilliantly. Donna x

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