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In particular, courses where perhaps its more social than science like (although I know psychology is a science). THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVICE I NEED IT
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In particular, courses where perhaps its more social than science like (although I know psychology is a science). THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVICE I NEED IT
If you look at the "research" parts of psychology departments you can see what areas that specialise in (e.g. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/psychology/research/index.htm )

Most unis have a fairly good balance of research strengths, others not. Either way if you use league tables to order the best unis, you can easily see which are the best and then check that they do more social research...
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In particular, courses where perhaps its more social than science like (although I know psychology is a science). THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVICE I NEED IT
I'm not really sure if social psychology is really that valuable as a discipline anymore. I'm not saying its pointless, but I feel psychologists are more interested in the neurological aspect and being able to understand behaviour in terms of neurobiology I.e. what parts of the brain are activated in certain social situations.

Maybe I'm a little biased, but I'd really recommend my old uni, Uni of Liverpool.
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I'm not really sure if social psychology is really that valuable as a discipline anymore. I'm not saying its pointless, but I feel psychologists are more interested in the neurological aspect and being able to understand behaviour in terms of neurobiology I.e. what parts of the brain are activated in certain social situations.

Maybe I'm a little biased, but I'd really recommend my old uni, Uni of Liverpool.
That's not really true. Social psychology is really useful, especially in applied disciplines such as market research, social research/policy, etc.. The general social scientific approach isn't really replaced by research as you aptly put it: "what parts of the brain are activated in certain social situations".
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That's not really true. Social psychology is really useful, especially in applied disciplines such as market research, social research/policy, etc.. The general social scientific approach isn't really replaced by research as you aptly put it: "what parts of the brain are activated in certain social situations".
That's just the way I was taught at my uni. There didn't seem to be much value placed on these sorts of modules.
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That's just the way I was taught at my uni. There didn't seem to be much value placed on these sorts of modules.
Yeh, well they can only teach what they know, and as I mentioned if you don't check beforehand that a psych department actually has a social psychologist there, they may not teach the module to much detail! It's unlikely that will be the case, but many unis don't have a full stock of professors in every area of psychology, and if they don't its unlikely to be taught as a third year paper (where you really go into detail).

Your right to a certain extent that social psychology is to some extent less respected in English/American psychology circles, since its dominated by cognitive-biological psychologists who don't value social sciences as much (or aren't really aware of them...)
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