Bridging Social Psychology

2018-2019

Course Objective

The central goal of this course is threefold. First, the course provides
a comprehensive overview of the various views regarding the benefits of
bridging social psychology. Second, the course addresses various
theoretical issues and societal problems that call for a
transdisciplinary approaches. Third, the course focuses on theoretical,
analytical, and methodological skills, using assignments in which
students write theoretical reviews on an “timely” topic advancing strong
(theoretical) analysis and resulting in inspiring and novel take-home
messages for the scientist -- and ideally for society as well.

Course Content

Social psychology may be regarded as the science of social phenomena,
and as such is meaningfully linked to several other fields of
psychology and disciplines beyond psychology. Given its breadth and
location within the scientific landscape, the potential of social
psychology to bridge with other fields and disciplines is increasingly
recognized. Such bridging may bring about theoretical benefits (e. g.,
contributing to an overarching theory), including methodological
benefits (e. g., contributing to convergent measurement), and societal
benefits (e. g., contributing to knowledge that helps us understand and
potentially solve a societal problem). The central goal of this course
is threefold. First, the course provides a comprehensive overview of
the various views regarding the benefits of bridging social psychology.
Second, the course addresses various theoretical issues and societal
problems that call for a transdisciplinary approaches. Third, the course
focuses on theoretical, analytical, and methodological skills, using
assignments in which
students write using assignments in which
students write theoretical reviews on an “timely” topic advancing strong
(theoretical) analysis and resulting in inspiring and novel take-home
messages for the scientist -- and ideally for society as well. There are
more and more journals in Psychology and other disciplines that focus on
theoretical or empirical reviews, such as Current Directions in
Psychological Science, Current Opinion in Psychology, Perspectives on
Psychological Science, or Social and Personality Psychology Compass. The
goal is to write such an article. Examples of topics are aggression,
helping, volunteering, suicide, empathy, fairness, trust, revenge,
forgiveness, religion, individualism in society, hate, hostility,
extremism, radicalization, refugee support, functions of sport, or any
topic that is bound to be interesting to a broader audience – or simply,
the interested, scientifically oriented layperson.

Teaching Methods

group assignment
lecture
literature survey
Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Essays and assignments

Literature

- Various articles.

General Information

Course Code P_MBRIDGI
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange
Examiner prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange
Teaching Staff prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture