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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Social Psychology

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course covers broad range of social psychology topics from both theoretical and applied perspective. The course would be focused on classical social psychology issues such us interpersonal perception and communication, cultural differences, interpersonal and intergroup influences. It would also include several notable applications of social psychology to such issues as judgment and decision making, health and illness and internet communications. The current state of art and emerging initiatives in modern social psychology, including open science movement would be discussed in details.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 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
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to state of art of social psychology
    Course 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 studies
    Selected 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-presentation
    Self; self-concept; self-esteem; sociometer theory; terror management theory; self-presentation strategies
  • Social perception and cognition
    Automatic 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 performance
    Joint 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 influence
    Language 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 relationships
    Aggression: 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 cases
    Social psychological interventions development and evaluation. Interventions focused on aggressive behavior, prosocial behavior, group efficacy, inter and intragroup communication etc. Group projects presentations discussion
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class Participation
    Each 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.
  • non-blocking Project
  • non-blocking Exam test
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Exam test + 0.4 * In-class Participation + 0.3 * Project