Syllabus Psychology Ba (A) Social Psychology, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS123G
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Date of change: 9/24/2019
  • Version valid from: 12/1/2019


The course aims at introducing psychological approaches to interhuman phenomena. Ways we look at, affect, and are affected by our surrounding world are illustrated by means of theories and research in social psychology.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Briefly identify how people look at, affect and are affected by their surrounding world, based on theory and empirics
• Identify and describe important social psychological terms of value to society, mainly regarding working life and the organization of the working group, in terms of group dynamics and leadership
• Account for some opportunities and limitations in terms of social psychological theory

Competence and skills
• Give examples of how people look at, affect and are affected by their surrounding world
• Distinguish important social psychological phenomena of value to society, mainly regarding working life and the organization of the working group, in terms of group dynamics and leadership
• Write reports in accordance with the main features of the criteria of APA

Judgement and approach
• Formulate and carry out a minor empirical investigation of a social psychological phenomenon as well as critically assess other students’ empirical investigations
• Identify and describe, as well as reflect on one’s own role in a given group process.


The course presents central theories, concepts and methods within the field of social psychology. It also offers students the opportunity to look into a social psychological phenomenon and to analyze group processes.

The course contains the following parts:
-social psychological research methods social cognition
-norms and attitudes
-group processes and leadership, power, obedience and conformity.

The course contains laboratory sessions, where the students formulate and carry out an empirical investigation of a social psychological phenomenon and write a short paper in the APA format.

The course also contains applied units, where the students work with the identification and denomination of aspects of a group session in which they take part, and also be able to identify their own role in that process.

Entry requirements

30 credits (ECTS) in psychology.

English B/English 6 from Swedish gymnasium or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching forms are lectures and group work.

All teaching will form the basis for examination, and seminars, group exercises and laboratory sessions are compulsory. Students who do not meet mandatory attendance requirements may be able to supplement this during the following year or on the next occasion the course is given.

Examination form

1000: Social psychology, 7.5 hp
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

There will be both written and oral examinations.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G)

Other information

Students admitted to the earlier version of the course are entitled to three examinations within one calendar year in accordance with that course syllabus. Thereafter, the students are transferred to the current course syllabus.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Gilovich, T., Keltner, D., Chen, S., & Nisbett, R.
  • Title: Social Psychology
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
Till ovan kurslitteratur tillkommer en lista över aktuella forskningsartiklar, med betoning på sådan socialpsykologisk forskning som anknyter till områdena arbetsliv och hälsa.

In addition to this course reading, there will also be a list of current research articles focusing on social psychology research within the fields of business and health.