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autumn 2020

PSY-1005 Social psychology - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 23.06.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Health Sciences


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is mandatory in the psychology bachelor program.The course can be taken as a singular course

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9199 - - singular course

Course content

Social psychology focuses on how individuals relate to each other and how social and cultural factors influence individuals. Central topics of this course are social behaviour (e.g., social influence, aggression, prosocial behaviour), social cognition (e.g., social perception, attitudes, attitude change, prejudice) and implications of behaviour and thinking for one's self-concept (e.g., self-knowledge and self-justification).

Objectives of the course

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Define and describe key concepts within social psychology.
  • Explain how social factors (e.g., the presence of other people) affect individuals' thought, affect, and behavior.
  • Understand the methods of how social psychological research is conducted.

Language of instruction


Both the exam and coursework assignment may be written in either english or norwegian.

Teaching methods

Teaching will mainly consist of lectures. Importantly, the course includes additional requirements to get permission to the exam (see Coursework requirements below).


Four hour written exam. Grading form A-F. If the students get the grade F, re-sit exam will be given the following semester.


Coursework requirement (2 parts):

1) Essay relating a social psychological phenomenon/question to one scientific research article.

2) Participation in one (social) psychological study OR describe the main aspects of the procedure/method of one social psychological experiment (1 page).


All requirements must be approved in order to take part in the final exam.