Class Social Psychology

  • Presentation


    This Curricular Unit sets social psychology as a scientific discipline that seeks to understand the behavior of human beings within their social environment, at the levels of intra-individual and inter-individual analysis, complementing itself with the Curricular Unit of Psychology of Groups, wchich considers the intra-group and inter-group levels of analysis.

    By considering the interaction with other people as the focus of analysis, it also allows understanding how Psychology relates to other social sciences such as Anthropology and Sociology, bringing a unique perspective of understanding the psychological processes that mediate the person-context relationship.

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  • Syllabus


    1. Introduction:

    1.1 Emergence of Social Psychology as a scientific discipline

    1.2 Object, methodological approaches and levels of analysis

    1.3 Person-social environment relationship: Fundamental principles

    1.4 From social cognition to socio-cognitive neuroscience


    2. Intra-individual processes I: Attitudes

    2.1 Formation, structure and functions of attitudes

    2.2 Attitudes, values and attitude-behavior inconsistency

    2.3 Measures of attitudes

    2.4 Attitude change, persuasion and heuristics


    3. Intra-individual processes II: Impression formation

    3.1 Impression formation approaches

    3.2 Implicit Personality Theories

    3.3 Causal attribution


    4. Inter-individual processes I: The others in us

    4.1 Effects of the presence of others

    4.2 Social dilemma

    4.3 Social identity and self-categorization


    5. Inter-individual processes II: The relationship with others

    5.1 Close relationships: Friendship, love and interregulation of emotions

    5.2 Interpersonal relationships in a digital environment

    5.3 Aggression and altruism

  • Objectives


    This CU aims to increase understanding of psychological processes that explain the relationship between individuals and their social environment, grounded on theoretical approaches, research methods and techniques of Social Psychology as a scientific discipline. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired the following competencies:

    LO1 - Know how to identify the main historical milestones in the emergence and autonomy of Social Psychology as a scientific discipline.

    LO2 - Know how to identify and describe the main theoretical and methodological models and approaches of Social Psychology.

    LO3 - Know how to identify and understand the different psychological processes that occur within and between levels of explanatory analysis, of the relationship between individuals and their social environment.

    LO4 - Apply the theoretical models and scientific knowledge acquired by Social Psychology, in the explanation of phenomena and individual behaviour in a social environment.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The methodologies used are: content exposure completed with discussion in class; viewing and analysis of excerpts from films and documentaries; analysis of scientific articles; tutorial support. 
  • References


    Gaspar, R., & Garrido, M. V. (2016). Cognição Social. In Miguel Pereira Lopes, Patrícia Jardim da Palma & Albino Lopes (Eds.), Fundamentos de Psicologia (pp.193-240). Lisboa: MGM Edições.

    Smith, E.R., & Mackie, D.M. (2014). Social Psychology (4th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.

    Vala, J., & Monteiro, M.B. (2017). Psicologia Social (10ª ed.). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

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