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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master

specialization|Social Psychology

theme|Understanding Societal Change

Research themes

Students in the Social Psychology specialization will focus on cognitive and emotional foundations of social behavior in interpersonal and intergroup interactions, with an emphasis on conflict, immigration, diversity, well-being, communication, and collective action. They will increase their understanding of interactions among individuals and groups, as well as the influence and emergence of culture and cultural dynamics.

Research group

The Social Psychology specialization is organized by the Social Psychology expertise group, that emphasizes the integration of basic and applied research.

This implies an emphasis on experimental paradigms with considerable ecological validity, and on applied research that has the potential to contribute to theory development. The philosophy is that basic research needs to have relevance for phenomena in society, and that applied research needs to be directly theoretically relevant. Moreover, although the applied research within the present program is conducted with respect to a variety of issues, such as health, integration and immigration, it is guided by common theoretical frameworks.

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Social Psychology is part of the theme Understanding Societal Change within a multidisciplinary programme.

Theme courses Understanding Societal Change (15 EC)
  • Theorizing Change
  • From problem analysis to intervention design
Specialization courses Social Psychology (10 EC)
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges

Elective courses (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Research in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Complexity, dynamics and development
  • Economy and society: Critical transitions in Advanced Industrialised Societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
  • Literature study

Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis

Specializations in this theme:
Environmental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Social psychology | Sociology

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Last modified:29 November 2021 12.27 p.m.