MCB-10806 Social Psychology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper24
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. EWI van Herpen
Lecturer(s)dr. EWI van Herpen
ir. MEA Muijres
dr. PM Poortvliet
Examiner(s)dr. EWI van Herpen

Language of instruction:



This course provides insight into the key issues studied by social psychology, with topics such as the self, perception of other persons, intimate relations and love, emotions, decision making, influence, group behaviour, discrimination, aggression and cooperation. How do people form impressions of others? How does the difference between people's actual self and their ideal or ought self-affect their behaviour? Why is it that people often make use of stereotypes? What determines whether people cooperate with each other? How do social psychologists measure people's attitudes and emotions? These are examples of the types of issues that the course will examine.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the key topics of social psychology related to how people view themselves and others: self-perception, person perception, and attraction between persons;
- demonstrate understanding of the key topics of social psychology related to how people are influenced in their interaction with others: emotions in social interactions, decision making, and influence from others;
- demonstrate understanding of the key topics of social psychology related to group processes: group behaviour, stereotyping, and pro-social/anti-social behaviour;
- integrate knowledge from different areas of social psychology, and apply this knowledge to practical problems;
- recognize and explain social psychological phenomena in everyday life, that is, apply the gained insights to concrete everyday situations;
- describe social psychological methods and techniques, and critically examine social psychological studies of others.


- lectures (which also includes class assignments);
- study of the book;
- home assignments. Students are requested to hand in assignments, which relate to the topic of the lecture and which will be discussed during class.


- the examination will be a written exam (85%);
- the final mark will be based on the mark for the exam and the assignments (15%);
- the written exam needs a minimum mark of 5.0 and the assignments 0f 6.0 to pass.


Vonk, Roos (ed). (2013). Sociale Psychologie, derde druk, Groningen: Wolters Noordhoff. ISBN 9789001700843.
Note: this book is expected to be available shortly before the start of the academic year, and substantially differs from the second edition.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc5AF
BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc1AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc1AF
Restricted Optional for: MCHCommunication, Health and Life SciencesMScA: Communication and Innovation1AF, 5AF
Restricted Optional for: WUCCHBSc Minor Communication for Change1AF
WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society1AF