Syllabus Psychology MA, Emotion in a Social and Cultural Perspective, 7.5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS067A
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 3/9/2017
  • Date of change: 3/27/2019
  • Version valid from: 9/2/2019


The aim of the course is to provide a deeper understanding social and cultural underpinnings of emotion as well as emotional implications for social and cultural phenomena, with reference to the individual, the group and the society.

Course objectives

After completing the course, the student is supposed to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
- Describe social psychological and culture theoretical perspectives on emotion.
- Describe relevant research in the area.

Skills and abilities
- Provide a deeper reasoning about social and cultural influences on emotions, as well as about emotional aspects of social and cultural phenomena.
- Apply relevant theories and contemporary research in the emotional field on sociocultural phenomena in society by formulating a research problem with corresponding hypotheses and suggesting a research design for that purpose.

Judgement and approach
- Compare and critically evaluate the validity of the body of knowledge within the field, and its contribution to the understanding of interindividual and intergroup phenomena.
- Reason about ethical perspectives regarding applicability of sociocultural aspects on emotions.


The course presents social psychological theories and perspectives on the relation between emotion and sociocultural phenomena. Understanding of contemporary interindividual, intergroup and societal issues will be emphasized. Moreover, evaluation of research results within the field will be focused upon, as well as the research methods used within the field.

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) with a major in psychology. Alternatively, a bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) with a different major and 60 credits in psychology. Alternatively, 180 credits (ECTS) in psychology without the requirement of having a completed degree. English B/English 6 from Swedish gymnasium or equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is a distance learning course with a limited number of compulsory meetings on campus in Östersund, Sweden. Participation via distance communication means is compulsory throughout the course. Students are required to be active in the course’s room in the online learning platform. The platform is the primary communication tool used for students and teachers, and students will find all information needed to complete the course in the course room.

Examination form

The course objectives will be examined through active participation in seminars and discussions, on site and online, as well as through written reports.

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Oyserman, D.
  • Article title: Culture three ways: Culture and subcultures within countries .
  • Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2017/68/435-463.
  • Journal: Annual Review of Psychology.
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  • Author: Lewis, M., Haviland-Jones, J.M., & Feldman Barrett, L. (Eds.)
  • Title: Handbook of emotions.
  • Publisher: New York: Guilford Press.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
  • Comment: Selected parts: Part IV: Social perspectives
  • Author: Fiske, S.T.
  • Title: Social beings: Core motives in social psychology.
  • Publisher: Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Forskningsartiklar enligt lärarens anvisning. Research articles, as instructed by the teacher.