Expert Workshop II


Course Content

This workshop consists of two modules. In each module leading
international scientists will teach on a topic in their area of
expertise. The topics of both modules are specializations in social
psychology and their neighbouring disciplines.
Module A: Social Acceptance vs Ostracism: This workshop will cover a
range of topics pertaining to social psychological theory and research
on acceptance and ostracism (also known as social exclusion and
rejection). Lectures will summarize 15 years of research on the topic,
and students are required to give lectures to the class on alternative
lines of research or theories. Additionally, students will form small
groups and design a testable hypothesis regarding ostracism, and present
their designs and expected results to the class.

Module B: Neuroscientific Foundations of Social Behavior: Social
cognition refers broadly to the set of basic psychological mechanisms
involved in social perception and decision-making. This workshop will
provide an overview of the social cognition literature, with an emphasis
on how these processes interact with emotion, goals, and motivation in
social contexts. Throughout the course, recent advances in cognitive and
affective neuroscience will be integrated into discussions to provide
additional insight into social cognitive processes.

Teaching Methods

literature survey

Method of Assessment

Module A: Presentations (50%) and an assignment (50%). If either the
presentations or the assignment are insufficient, the student needs to
write an additional paper on a topic to be determined by the teacher.

Module B: Participation (50%) and a written assignment (50%). Social
media bonus marks are also available for students who go beyond the
course content.


Module A:
- Williams, K.D., Forgas, J.P., & von Hippel, W. (Eds. )
(2005). The social outcast: Ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and
bullying. New York: Psychology Press;
- Williams, K.D. (in press). Ostracism: Effects of being excluded and
ignored In M. Zanna (Ed. ), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology.
New York: Academic Press.
- Williams, K.D. (2007). Ostracism. Annual Review of Psychology, 58,
425-452 Several other readings

Module B:
- Ward, J. (2011). The student’s guide to social neuroscience. New
York: Psychology Press.
- Several additional research articles.

General Information

Course Code P_MEXPWRK_2
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. J.W. van Prooijen
Examiner dr. J.W. van Prooijen
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture