Explaining Human Behaviour

Faculteit Campus Fryslân
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode CFB002A05
Vaknaam Explaining Human Behaviour
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Responsible Humanity: Psychology: Foundation: Explaining Human Behaviour
Leerdoelen Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and explain key theories, concepts, methods and debates in social psychology
- Compare and evaluate different theories, concepts, and methods in social psychology
- Reflect on individual, social, cultural and environmental factors shaping human behaviour
- Reason why a theory-driven approach is needed to understand human behaviour
- Write an academic essay discussing relevant social psychological theories to explain the roots of human behaviour
- Present their ideas in an academically sound way
- Discuss their ideas with peers and critically challenge ideas of others
Omschrijving The course aims at understanding human behaviour within the context of individual, social, cultural and environmental factors. We will examine how these factors influence people’s behaviour, cognition, and thinking as well as the way people make choices. We will cover basic research methods and theories from social psychology (social cognition, social influence, group processes etc.), giving
a clear insight into the social psychological perspective and methodology. In addition, we will talk about those classical social psychology experiments, which will hopefully be a great source of inspiration for you to design similar approaches and experiments in the future.

In particular, the course will address the Sustainable Development Goals of 3 (good health & well-being), 5 (gender equality), 7 (affordable & clean energy), 10 (reduced inequalities), 11 (sustainable cities & communities), 12 (responsible consumption & production), 13 (climate action), and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The foundation course would help provide a theoretical basis for the Psychology track courses, such as Applied Social Psychology and Sustainable Decision Making. The course will complement other foundation courses in the majors Responsible Governance and Responsible Planet. For instance, the course will complement the foundation course The Earth System by zooming into human behaviour as the
antecedent of many environmental problems. It will also add to the foundation course Principles of Economics by means of providing a different angle to explain human behaviour.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm nog niet bekend
Toetsvorm Essay, Exam, Participation, Presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. J.L. Geiger, MSc.
Docent(en) dr. J.L. Geiger, MSc. ,dr. P. Gül
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
An Introduction to Social Psychology (2021)(7th Ed.).
Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W., & Jonas, K (
An integrated framework for encouraging pro-environmental behaviour: The role of values, situational factors and goals. Journal of Environmental Pshychology (2014) Steg, L., Bolderdijk, J. W., Keizer, K., & Perlaviciute, G.
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the Bachelor’s degree programme of Global Responsibility & Leadership
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership 1 semester I a verplicht