- Learning how to use and explain theories of social psychology in different situations.
- Analyze and evaluate the strengths and limitations of published works
- Learn basic principles of social psychological interventions
- Explain specific theories of social psychology and use them to interpret and predict behavior in specific social situations.
- Know and ready to use effective communication strategies on interpersonal and group levels.
- Know basic principles of social psychological interventions development on the group and community levels
- Apply social psychology theories to understand different social problems on group, organization and society level.
- Review and evaluate published works, their strengths and limitations at a basic level
- Introduction to state of art of social psychologyCourse overview; key definitions; overview of theoretical perspectives; social psychology and reproducibility crisis; social-psychological interventions; methodological challenges of social psychology; open science and other initiatives
- Overview of selected classical theories and classical studiesSelected social psychological theories: Planned behaviour theory; Social exchange theory; Cognitive dissonance theory; Attribution theory; Social identity theory; Stanford prison experiment and its replications; Milgram obedience experiment and its replications
- Self and self-presentationSelf; self-concept; self-esteem; sociometer theory; terror management theory; self-presentation strategies
- Social perception and cognitionAutomatic vs. controlled processes in social perception. Implicit and explicit attitudes. Attitudes: components, functions, and formation. The relation between attitudes and behavior. Face perception. Perception of facial expressions
- Groups and group performanceJoint decision-making and group performance. Groups in social psychology. Key characteristics of groups: membership, goals, norms, and interaction. Types of group tasks. Group decision-making: risky shift, cautious shift, and group polarization. Group leadership. Models of leadership effectiveness
- Communication and social influenceLanguage and verbal communication. Models of communication: encoder-decoder model, internationalist model, perspective-taking model. Nonverbal communication. Types of nonverbal communication. Combining verbal and nonverbal communication. Social influence and persuasion. Social influence in the real life: persuasion, normative influence; Identity signaling, social comparison
- Interpersonal and intergroup relationshipsAggression: definition and types of aggressive behavior. The nature of aggression: theoretical perspectives on aggression and its criticism. Frustration-aggression hypothesis. Aggression as a learned behavior. Determinants of relationship formation. Mere exposure effect. Matching hypothesis. The dynamics of personal relationships. Affiliation, attraction, and close relationships. Homophily. Prosocial behavior: altruism theories, bystander intervention decision model
- Social psychology from theory to intervention: applied casesSocial psychological interventions development and evaluation. Interventions focused on aggressive behavior, prosocial behavior, group efficacy, inter and intragroup communication etc. Group projects presentations discussion
- In-class ParticipationEach seminar students get a grade for seminar participation. Depending on the seminar content, one of three grading methods are used: 1. Short test on assigned readings or seminar content (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 2. Presentation (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 3. In-class participation (100%). The two seminars with the minimum grades would be excluded from the calculation of the accumulated in-class participation grades. Short tests ● Short tests are based on the reading materials provided by e-mail at least 1 week before the seminar. ● Tests contain from 5 to 10 questions (every correct answer gives 1 or 2 points) with a total score of 10 points. Test grade equals the total score. Presentations Presentation grade (0-10) is the sum of grades of 4 evaluation criteria: content, structure, oral and visual presentation, interaction with audience. Topics of the presentations, requirements and recommendations will be provided by e-mail at least 1 week before the seminar.
- Exam test