Subject: Social Psychology

Scientific Area:



56 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

0 - The general purpose is promote knowledge acquisition and understanding about the basic processes that shape human behavior in social interaction. This goal aims to promote the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills, specifically related with:
1 - Knowing the object and historical evolution of Social Psychology;
2 - Understanding the need to use a multidisciplinary perspective to observe and understand psychosocial phenomena;
3 - Understanding the complexity and multi-causality of social interaction and group functioning;
4 - Reflect on how thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by the behaviour of others;
5 - Analysing processes of social interaction.
6 - Developing skills to learn more autonomou sly about topics regarding Social Psychology topics.


1 - Purpose of Social Psychology.
2 - Social cognition and attitudes.
3 - Social influence.
4 - Prejudice and di scrimination.
5 - Positive social behaviour.
6 - Negative social behaviour.
7 - Group processes.
8 - Group development and efficacy.


Aronson, E., & Aronson, J. , 2012 , The social animal , New York, NY: Worth Publishers
Burke, P. (Ed.) , 2006 , Contemporary Social Psychological Theories , Palo Alto, CA: Sta nford University Press
DeLamater, J. & Ward, A. , 2013 , Handbook of Social Psychology , New York, NY: Springer
Lourenço, P. R., Miguez, J., Gomes, A.D. & Carvalho, C. , 2004 , Eficácia Grupal: análise e discussão de um modelo multidimensional ,
Hogg, M., & Vaughan, G. M. , 2010 , Essentials of social psychology , Edinburgh: Person
Michener, H. A., DeLamater, J. & Myers, D. , 2005 , Psicologia Social , S. Paulo: Thompson
Myers, D. G. , 2013 , Social Psychology , New York: McGraw-Hill
Stangor, C. , 2015 , Principles of social psychology , Nyack, NY: Flat World Knowledge
Vala, J. & Monteiro, M. B. , 2013 , Psicologia Social. , Lisboa: Gulbenkian

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Methodology to use in class will be supported in th e exhibition-participatory method. Concretely, from the exhibitionparticipatory method, with the support of audiovisual, PPT, scientific articles, and/or current problematic situations, it is intended that the students adopt an active reflective and inquisitive role. The contents of the course of social psychology will be explained and explored by the teacher together with the students, in order to enhance their role in the construction of their own knowledge. It is intended that students develop increasingly the ability to perform independent work with the support of theoretical references indicated in the bibliographic section and scientific databases. Evaluation will include a theoretical component (e.g. written exam accounting for 50%) and a practical component (reports/individual/group assignments accounting for 50% of the final grade). Practical assessment might include performing an oral presentation in the classroom.