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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

28
Январь

Social Psychology

2021/2022
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 a broad range of social psychology topics from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The course would be focused on classical social psychology issues such as social influence, social groups, interpersonal relationships and communications. 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 the art and emerging initiatives in modern social psychology, including the open science movement would be discussed in detail.
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

  • Know basic principles of social psychological interventions development on the group and community levels
  • Explain specific theories of social psychology and use them to interpret and predict behavior in specific social situations.
  • Apply social psychology theories to understand different social problems on group, organization and society level.
  • Know and ready to use effective communication strategies on interpersonal and group levels.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the state of the art of social psychology
    Course overview; key definitions; theoretical perspectives; social-psychological interventions; methodological challenges of social psychology. Selected classical theories of social behaviour (Social Cognitive Theory, Theory of planned behaviour: Focus theory of normative conduct)
  • Self and self-presentation
    Self; self-concept; self-esteem; sociometer theory; terror management theory; Social identity theory; identity signalling, self-presentation/impression management strategies, self-regulation
  • Groups and group performance
    Joint decision-making and group performance. Types of group tasks. Groups in social psychology. Key characteristics of groups: membership, goals, norms, and interaction. Functions of group norms (coordination, cognitive framework, identity). The Moreland and Levine (1982) model of group socialization. Group leadership. Leadership activities: goal-setting, planning, creating structure, communication, recruiting, monitoring, representative. Leadership styles (Goleman, 2000). Group Development Stages (Tuckman & Jensen, 1977). Group effects: social facilitation/inhibition, Activation theory (Zajonc, 1965), Social loafing (Ringelmann effect). Team-building techniques. Benefits and drawbacks of high/low group cohesion
  • Interpersonal and intergroup relationships
    Aggression: definition and types of aggressive behaviour. The nature of aggression: theoretical perspectives on aggression and its criticism. Determinants of aggressive behaviour. Reducing aggression. Affiliation, attraction, and close relationships. Determinants of relationship formation. Homophily. Mere exposure effect. Matching hypothesis. Social capital theory: offline and online perspectives. Privacy and self-disclosure in personal relationships. Prosocial behaviour: altruism theories, bystander intervention decision model
  • Social cognition and social influence
    Attitudes: components, functions, and formation. Implicit and explicit attitudes and their measurement. Cognitive dissonance and cognitive consistency. The relation between attitudes and behaviour. Social influence (conformity, compliance, and obedience) and persuasion: classical studies and their criticism and elaboration. Normative and informational influence. Persuasion and compliance principles and techniques (Cialdini). Reactance Theory
  • Social psychology applications
    Social psychological interventions development and evaluation. Communication of social psychology findings. Replication of social-psychological phenomena. 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 (0-4) + in-class participation (0-4).2. Presentation (0-4) + in-class participation (0-4).3. In-class participation (0-8). Up to 2 extra grades could be earned for the active participation in the discussion including providing thoughtful questions, elaboration, comments or criticism for the other students’ presentations and ideas. One seminar with the minimum grades would be excluded from the calculation of the accumulated in-class participation grades.
  • 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
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

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.
  • Harkins, S., Williams, K., & Burger, J. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Influence. : Oxford University Press. 2017, https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859870.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199859870.