4407713: FU_Social Psychology

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Semester:WS 17/18
Lektionen / Semester:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Selbststudium:67.5 h



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What shapes our attitudes? Why are some people such great leaders? What leads us to like one person and dislike another? How do conflicts and prejudices develop, and how can they be reduced? These are just a few of the questions examined in the field of social psychology. This course looks at a wide range of social topics, including group behavior, social perception, leadership, nonverbal behavior, conformity, aggression, decision making, prejudice, and factors that promote health and well-being.

Our focus will be on surprising, entertaining, and intriguing concepts and research findings that are useful and applicable in our daily lives. Exercises and assignments in class and in home study will encourage you to experiment with your life, observe the results, and analyze what took place.


Students will be able to:
Describe basic elements in the field of social psychology by examining theories, principles, and concepts.
Understand how social psychology theories, principles, and concepts may be applied to real-life situations.
Recognize how living in his/her social world affects other people's thoughts, feelings, and actions and how their actions and behaviors affect others.



The learning format is primarily research at home and in class using computers.
Small group work and discussions often leading to investigation.
Active participation in exercises and psychology tests
Analysis of films
Development of presentations
Some lecture
Primarily, the students are presented with psychology topics that they investigate and present to one another in various styles and formats. The lecturer serves as a facilitator and questioner. It is an active learning format.

Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)



Readings in Aronson's, "The Social Animal"
Readings and/or viewing of Zimbardo's, "The Lucifer Effect"
VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire


Part A: 30%
Students will be expected to read articles, watch films, and do independent research (find articles, film clips, etc.) and be ready to discuss and present on these assignments in class. Because of class size, not every student will be able to present in each class. Presenters of weekly assignments will be chosen at random at each class.

Part B: 40%
Students will keep a journal for reflection and ideas on the course, it's topics, and it's relevance to their lives. Weekly entries will have themes to consider, questions to answer, topics for analysis and self-reflection.
The journals will be handed in twice during the semester, and will be collected at the end.

Part B: 30%
Students must participate in all activities and presentations in the classes they attend. This will often require preparation at home.

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Passed / Failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations and active participation are an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


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