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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»



Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 4 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course will provide an overview of the most interesting classical studies within the psychological field. Students will gain an understanding of psychological research methods and learn how to critically evaluate theoretical frameworks and empirical studies. We will explore major psychological theories as well as their practical implications. Seminars would include not only discussions or presentations, but also activities for improving critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • describe and critically evaluate psychological studies and major theories
  • choose appropriate research methods for particular research questions
  • identify psychological determinants of human behavior and use psychological terminology to describe it
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between descriptive, correlational, experimental psychological research designs
  • List major symptoms and consequences of replication crisis in psychology
  • Distinguish between direct and conceptual replication
  • Explain major theoretical perspectives in psychology: psychodynamic, behavioristic, humanistic, cognitive, evolutionary
  • Explain the principles of psychological testing and assessment: standardization, objectivity, test norms, reliability, validity
  • Describe stages of moral development
  • Define the concept of "zone of proximal development'
  • Distinguish between different branches and fields of psychology.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to psychological science. Branches and fields of psychology.
    Psychology as a science. Hindsight bias. The illusion of knowing. Basic research fields: biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology. Applied areas: clinical, counseling, organizational, and educational psychology.
  • Methodological and ethical issues of psychological research
    Replication crisis: terms and examples. Direct and conceptual replication. Main causes of replication crisis (HARKing, p-hacking, publication bias, WEIRD sample, etc.). Possible solutions: preregistration and open science.
  • Theoretical approaches in psychology
    Psychodynamic approach, behaviorism, cognitive approach, biological (neuroscientific) approach, humanistic approach, social-cultural approach. Major concepts and techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and person-centered therapy.
  • Research methods in psychology
    Study designs: descriptive, correlational, experimental. Types of non-experimental research. Types of experiments & methods for controlling for extraneous variables.
  • Emotions, stress, and psychological well-being
    Stress: definition and types. Theories of emotions (James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Lazarus, Schachter-Singer). Coping strategies.
  • Psychological assessment
    Principles of psychological testing and assessment: standardization, objectivity, test norms, reliability, validity
  • Developmental psychology
    Stages of moral development. Stages of psychosocial development. Zone of proximal development. Attachment theory
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Research project
  • non-blocking Exam test
    The computer-based exam test contains up to 30 multiple-choice questions with one or more correct answers. Students allowed to use handwritten or printed notes during the test. Students will have 60 minutes to complete the test.
  • non-blocking Seminar assignments
    Each seminar meeting students get a grade for seminar participation. Depending on the seminar content, one of the three grading methods is used: 1) Short test (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 2) Presentation (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 3) In-class participation (100%).
  • non-blocking MOOC quiz
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Exam test + 0.1 * MOOC quiz + 0.3 * Research project + 0.3 * Seminar assignments


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Burton, L. J., Goodwin, C. J., Goodwin, K. A., & José, P. (2018). Psychology Research Methods (Vol. 1st edition). Milton, QLD: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1650549
  • Hebb, D. O., & Donderi, D. C. (2014). Textbook of Psychology (Psychology Revivals) (Vol. Fourth edition). London: Psychology Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=677726

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Deaux, K., & Snyder, M. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. : Oxford University Press. 2018, https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190224837.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190224837.
  • DeLamater, J. D., & Collett, J. L. (2019). Social Psychology (Vol. Ninth edition). New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1753380
  • Levitin, D. J. (2002). Foundations of Cognitive Psychology : Core Readings. Cambridge, Mass: A Bradford Book. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=78136