DD307 Notes

Important: I understand that this course has been partially revised for the 2013 presentation, so these notes may not reflect the content being taught now.

Open University DD307 – Revision Notes Index (2011)

Book 1 – Social Psychology Matters

Chapter 1 – Social psychology: past and present (20-12-2010)

Chapter 2 – Methods and knowledge in social psychology (29-12-2010, corrected 08-01-2011)

Chapter 3 – Families (22-01-2011)

Chapter 4 – Emotion (06-02-2011)

Chapter 5 – Self (08-03-2011)

Chapter 6 – Prejudice, conflict and conflict reduction (16-07-2011)

Chapter 7 – Embodiment (06-09-2011) and A3 size mind map (28-09-2011, corrected 06-10-2011)

Chapter 8 – Conclusion: social psychology matters

Book 2 – Critical Readings in Social Psychology

Chapter 1 – Introduction (30-12-2010)

Chapter 2 – Close relationships

Chapter 3 – Attitudes (16-04-2011) and A3 size mind map (19-09-2011)

Chapter 4 – The fundamental attribution error (05-09-2011)

Chapter 5 – Intragroup processes: entitativity (Updated 26-09-2011 – thanks Sam!)

Chapter 6 – Intergroup processes: social identity theory (17-09-2011)

Chapter 7 – Bystander intervention (08-09-2011)

Chapter 8 – Individual differences

Chapter 9 – Conclusion

Blog posts

All of my blog posts relating to the 2011 presentation of DD307 can be found here: http://www.tenpencepiece.net/blog/tag/dd307/

69 Responses

  1. Hi Jane,

    I’m only just catching up with my blog and emails from this week!

    Epistemology is ‘what counts as knowledge’ – i.e. each of the four perspectives have a different view of what social psychological knowledge is and should be. So the cognitive social (experimental) approach argues that valid knowledge is general and universal laws of human behaviour (in the same way that a physicist seeks out universal laws concerning the behaviour of matter). The phenomenological perspective seeks out conscious meaning from lived experience, whereas the social psyhcoanalytical looks for unconscious meanings and motivations. Finally, the discursive approach counts what is socially constructed through language between people as knowledge.

    As each of the four epistemologies are different, then it means that not only what counts as knowledge is different, but is has an impact on what questions can be asked and answered and how. For example, you’d never see a social psychoanalyitcal practitioner justify their conclusions in terms of statistical significance; an experimental social psychologist wouldn’t appeal to explanations of their results in terms of unconscious motivations that have been introjected into the psyche during childhood.

  2. Tim – that’s brilliant! Thank you. I’ve now got the concept of epistemology – it was too amorphous for me before but now you’ve related it to each of the perspectives – I’ve got it!

    Many thanks

  3. Hi Tim

    I’d just like to say a big thanks for posting your DD307 notes.
    You’ve saved me and many others countless hours of work!

    Thanks again


  4. Thanks Tim, a big thank you for this it will save me and others a lot of work



  5. Stumbled upon these notes while looking up books for my January start DD307….simply brilliant

    Thanks for sharing: D

  6. Hi Tim

    Sat DD307 today. Couldn’t have done the revision without your notes. And managed to bung in epistemology and ontology more than once!

    Thanks once again.


  7. Hi Tim
    , just to say I appreciated your notes from my other modules, it was great always to have the security of them when I was under pressure. Starting DD307 this year and was just wondering some of your notes aren’t highlighted, is this because there have been significant changes to those chapters?

  8. Hi Suzanne,

    Thanks, and all the best for DD307. Some of the chapter notes are missing as I didn’t make notes on all of them (e.g. Close Relationships and Individual Differences). If I remember correctly, I didn’t bother as these were TMA chapters in 2011.


  9. Hi Tim,

    I am about to start DD307 and ED209 together and would find it impossible if it were not for your notes. Thank you very much. Did I read that you have a charity that we could make a small donation to?

  10. hi Tim

    Your explanation of epistemology is great and very well explained but can you please explain how it differs from ontology? Do they overlap. I am just a bit confused and unclear about it.

    By the way I used your notes for DD303 and just missed out a distinction due to my tmas (2.1 standard). I can honestly say I could not have done it without your notes. ( in particular the notes on language processing). It wasn’t just the structure of the notes but the way you explained it made it much easier to digest and understand. I was under an incredible amount of pressure with family stress and your notes were a godsend. Thank you so much.

    warm regards


  11. Thank you so very, very much. People like you make it all possible for people like me -an ex-pat who can’t get to tutorials, and feels as though exams are just so hard.
    Really like the lib dem bit, my Brother is involved with that party in the Cheltenham area.
    DD307 is hard, you have made it easier,

    yours Jackie Cameron-Mathiassen

  12. Hi Jackie,

    Thanks for the comment – very glad my mad scribblings are of use to you! All the best for the exam in October.


  13. Hi Tim,

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for the use of your notes during my revision for DD307. Although the structure has changed since you did yours they were still a huge help and time saver.

    Kindest regards

    Matt Peers

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