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Course content

The course focuses on various challenges that social psychology can help to address. Examples of such challenges are promoting behavior change, well-being, managing diversity, increasing justice and cooperation, or understanding social change. The concrete topics that will be examined can vary. Social psychological research has discovered basic human tendencies, like the tendency to conform to social norms, and has also produced a vast array of applied studies that help addressing urgent topics from a social-psychological perspective. The present course helps students apply basic principles from social psychology to their field of interest, and to find, understand, interpret and use more specialized, applied research findings.

The course will consist of 2 modules amounting to approx. 5 ECTS each. Each semester two modules consisting of lectures and seminar are offered. Which concrete modules are offered in which semester will be announced on the department's web pages with due anticipation. One of these lectures/seminar modules can be exchanged for doing a Research Assistant Module instead, where the student participates in an ongoing research project. If you are interested in doing that, please contact the course leader (Thomas Schubert) as early as possible, ideally before the first module starts.

Examples of modules are:

  • Intergroup relations
  • Diversity in interpersonal relations
  • Culture and social cognition
  • Social psychology of food
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Research Project: An elective research immersion module closely supervised by a member of the faggruppe on a specific topic related to the course.

Learning outcome


After completing this course, you can

  • explain how basic social psychological findings can be used to bring about desired changes
  • compare different explanations for a social psychological phenomenon
  • understand the differences between testing theories and testing interventions
  • describe the available evidence for selected practical problems


After completing this course, you can

  • derive predictions for a specific situation from more general social psychological theories
  • apply your knowledge from various courses to new problems
  • write short scientific texts about applied problems
  • present the results of your own research and deliberation about a topic
  • analyze a practical problem and recognize the contributions of social psychological phenomena, such as intergroup conflict, cognitive biases, social emotions and norms
  • search scientific information concerning a topic and judge the quality of the arguments and evidence
  • design a study to address a question you have regarding your field of interest

General competence

After completing this course, you can

  • critically reflect in your role as a social psychologist in society
  • take the perspectives of different actors in a conflict
  • appreciate the complex interactions of biological, individual, social and societal factors in shaping human behaviour.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is mandatory for students admitted to the psychology programme option "Health, Development and Community" with a chosen specialization in Social Psychology and is an elective course for students in the other spesializations.

Students rank all modules according to their priorities when they subscribe to the course. The course coordinator honors their priorities as far as possible but assignment to a less prioritized module might be necessary due to capacity restrictions. Alternatively, a module may be withdrawn if fewer than three students ranked it first or second. Students who prioritized this module will be reassigned. For the module “research project”, supervisors offer research projects, and students apply with the supervisor. If a student has no supervision agreement in the beginning of the semester, he or she will be re-assigned to a different module.


Teaching is given through lectures and seminars.

There are two mandatory oral presentations in the seminars. 

The mandatory presentations are valid for the three next semesters the course is offered. 

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The course consists of two modules with the following mandatory acitivity and examinations:

Module 1: oral presentation 1 (mandatory) +  essay 1 (home assignment in Inspera)

Module 2: oral presentation 2 (mandatory) +  essay 2 (home assignment in Inspera)

Each module has its own examination (essay). Successful completion of the course depends on passing both modules in the same semester. Both essays will be submitted in Inspera at the same time. 

For the 5-ECTS module (Module 3) “research assistant”, individual students have to work 120 hours according to a written contract (one page; templates are available) that defines the work to be done. After having completed their work, students write a short report (maximum 3 pages) about their project. The report is graded by the supervisor (see grading scale). Students receive a short written feedback about their work from their supervisor.

Module 3, "research assistant", is a replacement of one of the modules. Students who choose Module 3 must therefore choose between Module 1 or Module 2. They submit their RA-report together with Essay 1 or Essay 2 at the end of the semester.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Written exams can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Oral exams must be presented in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

If you are an exchange student, please note that you will receive a pass or fail for this course and this cannot be converted into an A-F grading scale.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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