Social Psychology Theory and Methods

Course content

The course Social Psychological Theory introduces the student to the subject field of social psychology. Here is the central focus on the relationship between the individual and the society and in particular how the former gets integrated in to the latter.

In answering the question of social integration, the course deals with two different overarching approaches: The psychological social psychology where the individual is the main focus, and sociological social psychology where it is the society. Based on group work, student and teacher presentations, we explore older and contemporary social psychological theories focusing on concepts such as individualisation processes, groups, attitudes, roles etc. In applying the theories, topics such as family, youth, integration, identity, culture and ethnicity are discussed.

Learning outcome

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with theories with which to grasp to complexity and challenges in social integration.

The student will have learned to:

  • Coherently describe selected social psychological concepts, theories and empirical material.
  • Underline main equalities and differences between the treated concepts, theories and empirical material.
  • Account for causes and effects of these equalities and differences.
  • Select and balance theories, concepts and empirical material which is especially relevant in the clarification of a given problem area.
  • Describe strengths and weaknesses concerning the treated concepts, theories and empirical material, in order to clarify certain themes and problem areas within social psychology.

The classes consist of teacher presentations, active student participation and reflection on relevant visual material.

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 72 hours
See Danish description
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

  Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (in Danish only)

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 72 hours
FORM OF EXAM: Final compulsory written 72-hour take-home assignment.
GROUP REGULATIONS: The written take-home assignment can only be taken individually.
EXTENT: The extent of the written take-home assignment is a maximum of ten standard pages.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

  Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (in Danish only)

Single subject courses (evening/weekend)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Class Seminar
  • 42
  • Class Exercises
  • 28
  • English
  • 126