Social Psychology


This lecture will provide students with an introduction to the field of social psychology. Social psychology is a subfield of the science of psychology that focuses on the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals and groups within a social context. This lecture will give you a broad overview of the major theories and concepts and corresponding findings within social psychology.

Specific Contents

  • History and methods in social psychology
  • Person perception
  • Stereotypes
  • Attitudes and persuasion
  • Self-concept
  • Conflict and aggression
  • Social influence and conformity
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Behavior in groups

Learning Goals

Goal of this module is to enable students to understand observations and events in their daily interactions as social phenomena and explain these phenomena by using theories and concepts from social psychology. Students will be able to establish relationships to questions in other disciplines such as business science, pedagogy, communication science, and sociology. After the course, students will

  1. Have gained knowledge of the major theories and current findings in social psychology,
  2. have gained knowledge on the scientific method underlying social psychology research,
  3. be able to recognize and appreciate how theory and experimental findings apply to everyday situations.

Academic Assessment

Written exam with a duration of 60 minutes or oral exam with a duration of 20 minutes.