Elective Course - Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Course content

This course is concerned with human interactions within groups as well as relations between groups. On the one hand, members of groups face trade-offs between individual and collective outcomes. On the other hand, people often identify strongly with groups to which they belong. These two broad perspectives of interdependence and identity will guide our exploration of theoretical and empirical insights on (a) how human groups are constituted, (b) what promotes (and undermines) cooperation within groups, (c) causes and consequences of conflict between groups, and (d) how to reduce group-based discrimination. Though rooted in social psychology, the course takes a broad, interdisciplinary behavioural science perspective. Examples come from research on organisations, sports teams, political behaviour, and armed conflicts, among others. The classes will consist of short lectures, reading-based discussions, in-class activities, and work on a group research project.

Learning outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology. Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.

This class will be taught through lectures, in-class discussions based on assigned readings, in-class activities, and a group research project.

Not relevant
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written assignment
Set assignment prepared at beginning of the course submitted in Digital Eksamen according to the exam schedule.
The exam paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students.
1 student max 12 pages, 2 students max 15 pages and 3 students max 18 pages
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • English
  • 30