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Social Psychology




Admissions requirements

Introduction to Psychology recommended.


Social psychology addresses how the way we feel, think and behave is influenced by the real or imagined presence of others. Social (and organizational) psychology is related to sociology in this regard, but instead of focusing on group factors such as race and socioeconomic class, it focuses on the individual. Also, it relies on the empirical scientific research to generate theories of social behavior. This course covers social and organizational psychological theories and research regarding social cognition, social perception, self-regulation, attitude change, conformity and obedience, group dynamics, interpersonal attraction, prosocial and antisocial behavior, prejudice and stereotyping and everyday social judgment. It covers also applications of social psychology to work, law, politics, community development and health.

Course objectives

The student understands the key concepts of social and organizational psychology and is able to identify their applicability in a range of contexts.

The student:

  • knows the key concepts, approaches, theories and methods that comprise contemporary social psychology.

  • is able to communicate these in valid ways to others, both in speaking and writing.

  • is able to analyze social interactions in terms of social-psychological concepts.

  • is able to explain how his/her knowledge of key concepts, theories and findings of contemporary social psychology has led to greater self understanding and a greater understanding of others and events.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 14 meetings (including an introductory meeting of 110 minutes during week 1), which each cover a different theme central to social and organizational psychology. Every first meeting of each theme, the teacher will introduce all relevant concepts and theory during a plenary lecture. Every second meeting of each theme involves interactive presentations by the students and classroom discussion of the relevant theory in relation to a real-life situation. This can be centered on a news-item, commercial, work of art, or personal experience, or any other observation, as long as it is well explained how the theory and the example relate, how the theory helps to understand the example, or how the example contradicts, or extends the theory discussed. For each of the themes, instructions will be provided on what the exact assignment needs to be about. Students, who are not themselves presenting, hand in a short essay on the same topic. These essays will be addressed during the discussion of each presentation, so that there will be a platform for interaction between the presenter and the audience. In addition, the presenting students come-up with (an) interactive assignment(s) to engage the rest of the class.


Essay assignments (5) and in class participation, 40%
Presentation, 20%
Midterm and final exam, 40%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Baron, R. A., Branscombe, N. R. (2014). Social Psychology (13th edition). Pearson.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact