Social Psychology (251010)

Learning Outcomes

Promote the knowledge of socialization process as a dynamic and interactive process of social integration that occurs throughout life span and highlight the importance of groups and social influence.
Students should acquire knowledge to criticize the integration and evolution of the individual in a society/culture by the study of theoretical and practical contributions.

Study Program

1.    Introduction to Social Psychology
1.1.    Definition and objectives
1.2.    Subject
2.    Origin and evolution of Social Psychology
2.1.    Relevant contributions of the US Social Psychology
2.2.    Contributions of Social Psychology in Europe
3.    Methodological process in Social Psychology
3.1.    Scientific method
4.    Heredity and Environment: Empirical Theories and Inatist Theories 
5.    Interpersonal perception and impression formation
5.1.    Approaches to Impression Formation
5.2.    Factors that influence the formation of impressions
5.3.    Principles of impression formation
6.    Attitudes
6.1.    The concept of attitude 
6.2.    The components of the attitudes
6.3.    Structure and function of attitudes
6.4.    Attitudes changing and persuasion
6.5.    Attitudes measurement 
7.    The causal attribution
7.1.    Theories of Attribution: Heider; Jones & Davis; Kelley and the Co-Variation Model
7.2.    Errors, biases and attribution functions
8.    Social influence
8.1.    Definition of social influence
8.2.    Social norms and the reality construction process
8.3.    The experiences of Musafer Sherif
8.4.    The paradigm of Asch
8.5.    The experiences of Milgram
8.6.    The experiences of Moscovicci
9.    Social Stereotypes
9.1.    Definition of stereotype
9.2.    Theoretical approach to the development of stereotypes in Social Psychology
9.3.    Stereotypes changing 
9.4.    Stereotype’s function 
10.    Group relations and the influence of the group
10.1.    Structure and group processes
10.2.    Definition and types of group
10.3.    Interaction processes and social influence
10.4.    The We and the I
10.5.    Leadership styles
11.    Conflict and negotiation between groups
11.1.    The genesis of the conflict
11.2.    Prejudice and discrimination
11.3.    The negotiation process



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Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M. (2005). Social psychology (5ª ed). Pearson. 
Smith, E., Mackie, D. (2000) Social Psychology (2ª ed.). Psychology Press. 
Vala, J. & Monteiro, M.B. (Coord.). (2017). Psicologia social (10.ª Ed.). Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.