Theories of Social Psychology

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 2SC176

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sociology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 11 June 2020
Responsible department
Department of Sociology

General provisions

The course is given within the Master's Programme in Social Sciences and as a stand-alone course. The course may be given in English.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in social sciences.

Learning outcomes

Upon accomplishment of the course, the participants are expected to show:

  • in-depth knowledge about social psychological theories;
  • advanced ability to analyse and explain various social phenomena from a social psychological stance;
  • advanced ability to reflect critically on the development and application of social psychological theories.


The aim of the course is to develop students' in-depth knowledge of social psychological theories and their ability to analyse and explain tangible phenomena such as social interactions, relations, small groups, inter-organisational groups etc. The course introduces a number of theoretical perspective, which illuminate these phenomena from a social psychological point of view. These theories are put in relation to one another in order to be analysed, compared and discussed in regard with their ability to deepen our understanding of the phenomena in focus.


The course consists of lectures, group work and seminars. Participation in seminars is always compulsory. Absence from compulsory seminars can only be compensated to a lesser extent by written submissions. If requirements for attendance are not met, the student will be referred to the next course opportunity.


Assessment is by written home assignments and oral seminars. Submissions submitted after the deadline cannot be approved. In case of missed deadline, the student is referred to re-examination. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

Compulsory course for students in the Master Programme in social sciences specialising in sociology.