Case study. 3000 words. 50%
Pick one of the cases in the guidance below and devise a social psychology intervention to address the issue presented.
You need to pick one of the cases below and devise an intervention to address this using social psychology principles and research to help you. The cases are as follows:
You have been asked by the manager of a local nursing home to find ways to improve the quality of life for the community of long-term residents in this home. She has heard that increasing group cohesion can help to improve well-being and quality of life and would like to hear some suggestions as to how this might be implemented. Your task is to plan an intervention which will improve the quality of the community, to justify your plan with reference to research and to indicate what well-being/quality of life benefits will result from a stronger community.
You have been asked by the management of a residential refugee center to help improve the situation for those coming into the center following a recent wave of migration from a neighboring country. The management have noticed tension between the existing refugee residents and the incoming residents and need to find ways of defusing this tension. Your task is to plan an intervention which will improve the relations between the two groups, to justify your plan with reference to research and to explain how to maintain good intergroup relations once the intervention period is over.
You are assisting a local community who have recently been displaced following an environmental disaster. Community leaders have noticed an increase in mental health issues, a decrease in general well-being and a disruption in community cohesion following this displacement. Your task is to plan an intervention which will help to bring the community back together and help them to cope and move forward from this difficult situation. You should justify your plan with reference to research on social, environmental and health psychology (if appropriate).
This assessment is a case study assignment which means that we are looking for you to develop a plan which relates to the case under consideration and support it with reference to appropriate academic literature. You need therefore to take research which has been applied to other contexts and generalize it to this new one. You also need to predict what the outcomes will be and how you will both ensure and measure success.
Each case is quite general and so there is scope for you to place each in context, according to your own experience and interest. For example you could specify the age range and health issues of the residents in case 1, decide on which refugee groups are in conflict in case 2 or decide what type of disaster and what size community in case 3. If you are planning to do this, you need to ensure that you do not contradict the information given. Additionally you will need to justify these choices and will need to ensure that your argument and research can be applicable to this more specific context.
Key Point 1: Clarity & Consistency
A clear and consistent argument needs to be maintained throughout this assignment. It should be evident to the reader how the different points link to your recommendations and how the evidence clearly supports the recommendations. You also have a certain amount of freedom about how you present your assignment; better answers will use a format that allows for the clearest and most persuasive account of your argument to your audience.
Key Point 2: Awareness of Your Audience
As this is a case study, all assignment titles have a “practice” element to them. However, they also have an intended audience (e.g. the nursing home manager, the residents, the center management, the two refugee groups, the community leaders, the displaced community members). You need to consider who the audience is, what their expectations are and how your answer addresses those expectations. Better answers will link to these potential expectations in the recommendations, evidence or structure of the answer.
Key Point 3: Critical Evaluation
As well as presenting a coherent argument, your assignment should include some analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the research evidence which links to this. Better answers will also resolve contradictions in the research evidence and present a clear synthesis based on valid information.
Key Point 4: Originality
As this is a Level 7 assignment, your essay should show an original or novel contribution to knowledge. This can be through suggesting a better way to apply an approach to a problem, generating some points of critical evaluation that have not been presented by others or combining research/ideas in a novel way. Better answers will suggest ways that these original conclusions could be tested/verified by further investigation.
Key Point 5: Use of Evidence
It is important that you are using evidence which is from appropriate sources – with a strong balance towards peer reviewed journal articles. You need to present both theory and empirical research. All research must be relevant to support your argument but better answers will include research which is more current or contemporary to support the points.
1.2. Key Points Required for this Assessment
1.3 Assessment Structure
As this is a 3000 word assignment, we would suggest the following split of content:
Introduction and analysis of the problem – 300 words
Explanation of the intervention/plan; including details/elements and implementation – 600 words
Justification of the elements of the plan from literature – 1400 words
Any practical or ethical issues associated with your plan and how you intend to address them – 300 words
How you will measure/assess success – 200 words
Conclusion – 200 words
Concise/Indicative Reading List
Ellemers N., Spears R. and Doosje B. (1999). Social Identity. Oxford: Blackwell
Harre, N. (2012). Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability. University of Auckland
Haslam, C., Jetten, J., Cruwys, T., Dingle, G. & Haslam, S.A. (2018) The New Psychology of Health. Unlocking the Social Cure. Routledge, New York.
Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. ()
Jetten, J., Haslam, C. & Haslam, S.A. (2011) The Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-Being. Psychology Press: Hove.
Steg, L., van den Berg, A.E. & de Groot, J.I. (2012). Environmental Psychology: An Introduction. BPS Blackwell
British Journal of Social Psychology
European Journal of Social Psychology
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Social Issues
Learning Outcomes to be assessed (as specified in the validated module descriptor https://icis.southwales.ac.uk/ ):
Critically reflect on the role of social psychology in facilitating individual responses to societal challenges
Critically appraise the efficacy of social psychological interventions to address societal and individual issues. For more information on A Social Psychology Intervention visit this: https://www.britannica.com/science/social-psychology
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