Project Description

Social Psychology

Module content

  • Learn how human behaviour and thinking is influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others
  • Get an overview of social psychological theories and learn to apply these theories to everyday problems and situations
  • Study topics such as influence and obedience, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, aggression and violence
  • Programme – The course is taught in English (4 ECTS)
  • Requirements – Be an undergraduate first semester (Bachelor) student in Psychology. This programme is also open to undergraduate and graduate students from other fields of study (Business Administration, Social Sciences, Political Science…)
  • Programme fee – tba. (includes all study materials, transcript of records, and health, liability and accident insurance as well as a public transportation ticket within Frankfurt).
  • Application deadline – tba.

Course description

Humans are social beings; hence, social psychology affects all of us. We constantly think, feel and act not only as individuals but also – and sometimes primarily – as members of social groupings. Social psychology studies human interaction – its forms, causes, consequences and psychological processes. In this course, we will study how human behaviour and thinking is influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others. Students will get an overview of social psychological theories and will learn to apply these theories to everyday problems and situations. We will provide a general overview of social psychology and we will discuss topics such as attribution processes, influence and obedience, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, aggression and violence, intergroup behaviour, or prosocial behaviour. The course will comprise lectures, group work, self-assessments and exercises.

The course comprises 28 contact hours (8*3.5 hours). Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points will be awarded for the module. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25 to 30 hours of student workload. This includes class hours, additional preparations for class activities, readings, assignments as well as final assessments. Assessment and award of credit points will be on a pass/fail basis, no grades will be given. The Social Psychology Exam will comprise a multiple choice exam taking 90 minutes (25 MC-Questions, pass with 50% and more correct items).

Attendance: Participants have to attend at least 80 % of the classes.