MCB-10806 Social Psychology


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. EWI van Herpen
Lecturer(s)dr. PM Poortvliet
dr. EWI van Herpen
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, decision making, influence, group behaviour, stereotyping, 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? 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: attitude change, decision making, and social influence;
- 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;

- study of the book; 

- group assignments related to the lectures. Students are requested to hand in assignments, which relate to the topic of the lecture and which will be discussed during class;

- overall group assignment (paper assignment).


- the examination will be a written exam with multiple choice questions;
- the final mark will be based on the mark for the exam (85%) and the paper assignment (15%);
- the written exam needs a minimum mark of 5.0 and the assignment of 6.0 to pass.


Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W. and Jonas, K., 2016, An Introduction to Social Psychology, 6th Edition. ISBN: 978-1-118-95985-5

Verplicht voor: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc5AF
BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc1AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc1AF
Keuze voor: WUCBHBSc Minor Consumer Behaviour1AF
WUCCHBSc Minor Communication for Change1AF
WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society1AF