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Methodologial Perspectives and Foundations in Social Psychology

Code: 42780 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
4313402 Psychosocial Research and Intervention OT 0 2


Lupicinio Iñiguez Rueda

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Francisco Javier Elejabarrieta Olabarri
Juan Pujol Tarres
Luz Maria Martinez Martinez
Jenny Cubells Serra


There are no prerequisites.

It is advisable to have completed the previous modules of the itinerary (M1, M2a; M3a, M3b, M4)

Objectives and Contextualisation

- To know the theoretical foundations and practical bases that support information gathering systems in order to be able to implement them in the study and approach to social reality.

- To acquire the theoretical and practical bases for the selection and use of methodological resources aimed at obtaining information in current social psychology.

- To learn the craft skills involved in resorting to procedures for obtaining information and to learn how to operate so that their use is adequate and fits consistently to the needs and conditions of a particular context and purpose.


  • Defend and justify arguments with clarity and precision, so appropriate to the context, valuing the contributions of others.
  • Establish operational objectives substantiated theoretically and socially relevant to take into account the complexity of the psychosocial reality.
  • Identify, relate and apply concepts, theories and perspectives in the theoretical and practical approach to psychological reality.
  • Selecting and applying necessary for collection, analysis and presentation of empirical material qualitative techniques.
  • Solve problems in new or little-known situations within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  • Theoretically guide the definition of objectives, design and analysis in understanding the psychosocial phenomena.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the adequacy of the techniques in the research process, according to the established objectives
  2. Defend and justify arguments with clarity and precision, so appropriate to the context, valuing the contributions of others.
  3. Describe different techniques for collecting qualitative information on the psychosocial field
  4. Designing and implementing the fieldwork of a specific investigation in the field of social psychology
  5. Solve problems in new or little-known situations within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  6. Theoretically guide the systematization of the collected empirical material in their own research


- Conducting sampling: good and bad practices

- Obtaining individual linguistic information

- Discussion groups

- Social research in virtual times

- Ethnographic material

- Narrative productions


Teaching methodologies may combine the following ways of work: seminars, individual and group tutorials, preparation and development of work, collection of empirical materials, reading articles and/or reports of interest and personal study.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lectures and group discussion 30 1.2 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1
Oral presentations 10 0.4 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1
Type: Supervised      
Collection of empirical material 49 1.96 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1
Type: Autonomous      
Elaboration and development of tasks 40 1.6 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1


a) Conditions for assessment.

It is imperative that the student:

1. Ev1: Supervised learning activities (outside the classroom) (50%): Written assignment presenting the results of the fieldwork and the preanalysis of an empirical material (individual activity submitted virtually).

2. Ev2: Classroom teaching-learning activities (in the classroom) (30%): Oral presentation of emerging difficulties related to the collection and analysis of empirical material, reflecting on possible ways of solution (individual activity presented in the classroom).

3. Ev3: Autonomous learning activities (outside the classroom) (20%): Module Learning Report for Master's degree Final project (TFM). A written report on the application of this module to the TFM process, corrected by the student's tutor following the guidelines of the person coordinating the module. (individual activity submitted virtually). 

The final grade will be the sum of the weighted results of assessments 1, 2 and 3.

A student who has submitted a learning assessment (one or more) with a weight equal to or greater than 4 points (40%) cannot be designated in the final results as "non-assessable". 

b) Submissions / accomplishment of assessments:

See the Master’s Calendar

c) Single assessment

When the student opts for the single evaluation, the procedure will be as follows: All the contents of the module will be evaluated on the date of delivery of Evidence 1. That day there will be an oral presentation (Ev2: 30%) as a team with the rest of the people who have opted for the single evaluation, on the problems in relation to the collection and analysis of empirical material, reflecting on possible ways of solution, which will be evaluated with the criteria set for evidence 2; the written work of evidence 1 will be delivered to the Moodle classroom (Ev1: 50%). Also, the report on the use of the module for the TFM process (Ev3: 20%) will be delivered.

d) Re-assessment

There are no resit assessments.

Facultat de Psicologia:https://www.uab.cat/web/estudiar/graus/graus/avaluacions-1345722525858.html

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Ev1: Development and written presentation of fieldwork results and pre-analysis of an empirical material 50% 20 0.8 4, 6, 5, 1
Ev2: Oral presentations 30% 1 0.04 2, 5, 1
Ev3: Module Learning Report for Master's degree Final project (TFM) 20% 0 0 2, 3, 5, 1


Banister, Peter; Burman, Erica; Parker, lan; Taylor, Maye and Tindall, Carol (1994). Qualitative Methods in Psychology. A Research Guide. Bristol: Open University Press.

Delgado, José Manuel andGutiérrez Fernández, Juan (Coor.) (1995). Métodos y técnicas cualitativas de investigación en ciencias sociales. Madrid: Síntesis, 1999.

Denzin, Norman K. i Lincoln, Yvonna S. (Eds.). (1994/2013) Manual de investigación cualitativa. Vol III. Las estrategias de investigación cualitativa. Gedisa.

Denzin, Norman K. i Lincoln, Yvonna S. (Eds.). (1994/2013) Manual de investigación cualitativa. Vol IV. Métodos de recolección y análisis de datos. Gedisa.

Ibáñez, Jesús (1986). Perspectivas de la Investigación Social: el diseño en las tres perspectivas. In M. García Ferrando, J. Ibáñez and F. Alvira (Comps.) El análisis de la realidad social. Métodos y técnicas de investigación. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1996, 42-75.

Ibáñez, Tomási Íñiguez, Lupicinio (1997). Aspectos Metodológicos de la Psicología Social Aplicada. In J.L. Álvaro, A. Garrido J.R. Torregrosa (Coords.) Psicología Social Aplicada. Madrid: McGraw Hill, 57-84.

Pla, Marga (1999). El rigor en la investigación cualitativa. Atención Primaria, 5(24), 295-300.

Ruiz Olabuénaga, José Ignacio (1996). Metodología de la investigación cualitativa. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto.

Silverman, David (2000). Doing Qualitative Research. A Practical Handbook. London: Sage

Taylor, Steven J. andBogdan, Robert (1984).Introducción a los métodos cualitativos de investigación. Barcelona: Paidós, 1987.

The specific bibliography for each content of the module will be provided through the virtual campus.


We encourage the use of free and open source software for ethical and political reasons. We recommend students to use free operating systems (e.g. Linux distributions...), to produce their work in free software (e.g. LibreOffice and similars) and to deliver it in open formats (e.g. .pdf, .odt, .odp., ods...).