Personal and societal change

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode PSMSV-6
Vaknaam Personal and societal change
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Personal and societal change
Leerdoelen Master students who participated in this interactive skills course will:
- know classic and contemporary theories and empirical evidence in the field of personal and societal change,
- know how to analyse and improve an existing intervention in the applied field,
- be able to analyse human behaviour (in the field of health, environment, intergroup relations, and culture) based on psychological theories and research,
- be able to apply insights and findings to inform theoretical issues,
- be able to understand and voice different perspectives of key stakeholders such as scientists, government, companies, and organizations involved in related interventions,
- be able to evaluate and improve existing interventions to change people’s behaviour in the field of health, environment, and groups in society,
- can report recommendations to improve an existing intervention by including a
theory-driven analysis.

This skills course applies an interactive learning approach. This course aims at developing student’s critical and analytical thinking as well as their ability to evaluate, improve, and design interventions in the field of behavioural change (health, environment, groups/culture).
Omschrijving In this interactive skills course, students will be introduced to social psychological theories and models of personal, social, and cultural change. Students will be able to identify relevant factors that influence behavioural change in daily life. The course will focus on behaviour in the fields of health (e.g., well-being), pro-environmental behaviour (e.g., rule compliance), and intergroup relations and group processes (e.g., intergroup conflict, development aid). Students will develop and practice skills to learn (1) how to analyse (theory- and evidence-driven) and (2) how to improve existing interventions and develop a monitoring and evaluation plan to test the effectiveness of their improved interventions. Each week will be dedicated to a different theme and students will work on small group assignments to practice their skills (e.g., critically analyze and improve an intervention, formulate policy implications, engage in a debate to raise funds). A background in psychological theories and experimental thinking is essential for this advanced class!
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm werkstuk (individueel)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. N. Hansen
Docent(en) Dr. N. Hansen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Literature will be announced on Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden Please contact the lecturers first if you want to participate and do not have a psychology bachelor and / or do not participate in the psychology master or the Research Master Behavioural and Social Sciences.
Opmerkingen This course will be given in English.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (Applied Social Psychology)) 1 semester II a keuze S
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (Environmental Psychology) ) 1 semester II a keuze S