Course code Psih2037

Credit points 2

Social Psychology

Total Hours in Course32

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Date of course confirmation16.02.2016

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developer

author Izglītības un mājsaimniecības institūts

Laura Šīmane-Vīgante

Mg. psych.

Course abstract

Students improve their knowledge and skills related to interaction of personality, group and society. By analyzing the theory and practical situations students learn to understand the origins and consequences of their own and other attitudes, behaviours, stereotypes and prejudices. Practical work promotes the development of communication skills (justification of their opinions, conflict resolution skills, acceptance of other opinions).

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: to be able to explain basic concepts of social psychology, main theoretical approches and models, identity and personality theories, antisocial and prosocial behaviour, to give examples of theoretical aspects of social psychology;
• Skills: to be able use the knowledge about social psychology in independent and group work settings, to speak in front of an audience and create presentations; to analyze conflicts (sorces and solutions), understand their own place in a group.
• Competence: to be able to evaluate and to use interpersonal skills obtained during the course in everyday situations, professional activities and personal development; to work with partners and customers, to choose the optimal solution and make decisions.

Compulsory reading

1. Hogg M.A., Graham M.V. Social Psychology. Fourth edition. Harlow ; New York : Pearson Education, 2005.
2. Vorobjovs A. Sociālā Psiholoģija. Rīga: Izglītības soļi, 2002. 340 lpp.
3. Reņģe V. Sociālā psiholoģija. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2002. 180 lpp.
4. Dickerson P. Social psychology :traditional and critical perspectives. Harlow; New York: Pearson Education, 2012. 468 p.

Further reading

1. Kassin M.L. Social Psychology. Belmont, CA: Cengage Wadsworth, 2011. 613 p.
2. Breckler S.J. Social psychology alive. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006. 667 p.
3. Myers D.G. Социальная психология. Москва, Санкт-Петербург [и др.]: Питер, 2010. 793 с.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Social Psychology ISSN 0022-4545