Social Psychology I

Universidad de Belgrano

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Psychology I

  • Host University

    Universidad de Belgrano

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Social Psychology

    UNIT 1: What is Social Psychology?

    ? The social psychology perspective
    ? Historical roots of social psychology
    ? Main methodologies and theories
    ? Applications of the field

    UNIT 2: Social Cognition

    ? Socio-cognitive focus
    ? Cognitive structures: categories and schemes
    ? Categorization process and the formation of stereotypes
    ? Processing of social information: ?guided by data? vs. ?guided conceptually?
    ? Heuristic approaches to the processing of information
    ? Attribution Theory

    UNIT 3: Attitudes

    ? Define the concept of ?attitude?
    ? Principal theories
    ? Equilibrium Theory
    ? Dissonance Theory
    ? Theory of Rationalized Actions
    ? Changes in attitude: effects of persuasive communication
    ? Prejudices

    UNIT 4: Social Identities

    ? Theory of Social Identity
    ? National Identity
    ? Nationalism and national stereotypes
    ? Positive and negative social identities
    ? Ethnocentrism and altercentrism

    UNIT 5: Social Tolerance and Authoritarianism

    ? Social and psychological variables that impact the development of social tolerance
    ? Authoritarian individual
    ? Style authoritarianism vs content authoritarianism
    ? Dogmatism as a variable of authoritarianism in general
    ? ?F? scales (Adorno) and ?D? scales (Rokeach)
    ? RWA scale (Altmeyer) and Polarity scale (Tomkins)

    UNIT 6: Conformity vs. Social Influence

    ? Social influence
    ? Conformity and innovation
    ? Psychology of active minorities
    ? Phenomenon of obedience to authority

    UNIT 7: Groups and Leadership

    ? Group characteristics
    ? Formal and informal structures
    ? Group dynamics
    ? Decision-making process and the phenomena of ?group thinking?
    ? Leadership phenomena
    ? Personal characteristics of a leader
    ? Followers and their relationship with the leader
    ? Technical leadership vs. adaptive leadership
    ? Visionary leader

    UNIT 8: Behavior

    ? Factors that impact social participation and behavior
    ? From mass psychology to the new social movements
    ? Material values

    UNIT 9: Social Psychology in Action. 4 examples?
    9.I. Social psychology, public opinion and the media
    ? Concept of public opinion: ?super citizen? vs. ?unsophisticated citizen?
    ? Theoretical approach to the effects of the media: hypodermic model, thesis of minimal effects, two-way communication, the critical paradigm, the spiral of silence, the theory of cultural indicators.
    ? Three functions of mass communications: Agenda-Setting, Priming and Framing
    9. II. Social psychology in organizations

    ? Concept of organizations as a ?system?
    ? Groups within organizations
    ? Organizational leadership
    ? Conflict within organizations

    9. III. Electoral behavior

    ? Study different analytical methods to better understand electoral behavior:

    1) Sociological model used by Columbia University
    2) Socio-psychological model by the University of Michigan
    3) The Voter and the economic theories by Columbia University and London School of Law and Economics

    ? Current discussions and perspectives

    9.IV. International Relations

    ? Psycho-social dimensions of international relations
    ? Conflict and its phases
    ? Ironic perceptions and implicit rationalities
    ? Conflict as a constructed phenomenon: logic and discourse


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