Syllabus for Theories of Social Psychology

Socialpsykologiska teorier


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SC176
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2020-06-11
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in social sciences.

  • Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given within the Master's Programme in Social Sciences and as a stand-alone course. The course may be given in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon accomplishment of the course, the participants are expected to show:

  • in-depth knowledge about social psychological theories;
  • advanced ability to analyse and explain various social phenomena from a social psychological stance;
  • advanced ability to reflect critically on the development and application of social psychological theories.


The aim of the course is to develop students' in-depth knowledge of social psychological theories and their ability to analyse and explain tangible phenomena such as social interactions, relations, small groups, inter-organisational groups etc. The course introduces a number of theoretical perspective, which illuminate these phenomena from a social psychological point of view. These theories are put in relation to one another in order to be analysed, compared and discussed in regard with their ability to deepen our understanding of the phenomena in focus.


The course consists of lectures, group work and seminars. Participation in seminars is always compulsory. Absence from compulsory seminars can only be compensated to a lesser extent by written submissions. If requirements for attendance are not met, the student will be referred to the next course opportunity.


Assessment is by written home assignments and oral seminars. Submissions submitted after the deadline cannot be approved. In case of missed deadline, the student is referred to re-examination. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

Compulsory course for students in the Master Programme in social sciences specialising in sociology.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Litterature is chosen together with responsible teacher.