PSY4115 – Current Topics in Social Psychology

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Course content

This course is devoted to the reading and discussion of the book Critical Feeling. The seminar begins by reading the book proposal. The last session will sum up the book and discuss whether the book keeps the promise given in the book proposal.

The primary objective of the course is the ability to contribute to discussions about the psychology of feelings and their use in different domains of life. An important secondary objective is the writing of a book proposal and to acquire in this process knowledge about publishing academic books.

Learning outcome


You will be able to:

  • Give an overview of most recent developments in social psychology
  • Explain a few new theories in depth
  • Connect recently developed theories and methods to their historical roots
  • Apply criteria to evaluate new theories and methods


The course advances the acquisition of skills regarding social-psychological theories and methods. After completing this course, students know how to:

  • Critically compare different theories and methods and find commonalities and differences.
  • Distinguish similar theoretical constructs from each other
  • Lead theoretical and methodological discussions
  • Evaluate new theories and methods
  • Develop outlines of a new theoretical approach
  • Write on current topics in social psychology for the public

General competence

In terms of general competence, students can:

  • Deal with larger bodies of scientific texts about the same topic
  • Evaluate theory and research
  • Delineate the ethical problems connected to new methods
  • Outline new theoretical proposals
  • Present theories and methods in social psychology


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.

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

This course will not be offered if fewer than 8 students enroll.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

This course builds on prior knowledge. Students must have a course in introductory social psychology equivalent to PSY1101 – Innføring i sosial - og personlighetspsykologi (discontinued). Course PSY4111 – Applied Social Psychology is recommended but not mandatory.


The teaching will be given through lectures and seminars. The teaching will be in English. All classes are compulsory. We expect you to participate actively in various classroom assignments, either alone or in small groups.

Compulsory tuition activities
  • Attendance must be at least 80%.

Compulsory tuition activities are valid for the 2 next semesters after approval date.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.


The exam is an individual written assignment that is to be submitted by the end of the course. The assignment may vary from semester to semester.

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Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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.

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