PSY4130 – Promoting Change through Social Psychology

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Course content

Applying psychology and doing psychological research in any field requires skills that go beyond merely knowing about theories and evidence. In particular, researching and applying social psychology in a scientific way requires three building blocks:

  1. connecting theory and evidence to observations in the field
  2. designing interventions based on these insights
  3. evaluating interventions.

In this course, students learn about and practice these three basic building blocks of social-psychological science in an integrated way. Whether you desire a career as a research scientist or a consultant, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and the necessary skillset to fulfill these roles.

Learning outcome


In this course, students acquire fundamental knowledge about the scientific process in social psychology. After this course, students have detailed knowledge about the steps in scientific observation, theorizing, hypothesis testing, intervention, and evaluation, and their connectedness.

In addition, the course will provide knowledge in selected fields of classic and contemporary social psychology that are used as examples in the three parts of the course. This knowledge about basic and applied social psychology can be related to various subfields, such as social cognition, social relations, or emotional and motivational processes.


This course focuses on the acquisition of skills that characterize a social-psychological scientist. After completing this course, students are able to:

  • Gather, evaluate, summarize, and integrate theories and research findings, and apply them to specific questions that have applied significance
  • Conduct research to describe and compare populations, evaluate interventions, test correlational and causal hypothesis
  • Plan and conduct interventions
  • Collaborate with others in pursuing these research activities


General competence

In terms of general competence, students learn:

  • how to deal with larger bodies of scientific texts
  • how to evaluate theorizing and research
  • how to translate applied problems into scientific questions, how to back-translate theoretical models and empirical findings into interventions and answers for applied problems
  • how to communicate with practitioners
  • how to work collaboratively on problems


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 in it.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must have completed PSY1010 – Innføring i metode or equivalent and PSY1101 – Innføring i sosial - og personlighetspsykologi (discontinued)or equivalent. Completion of PSY4111 – Applied Social Psychology is recommended but not mandatory.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with PSYM4830 – Promoting Change through Social Psychology


The teaching will be given through lectures and seminars. 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.


Two written papers and one oral presentation.

All three exam components must be passed during the same semester in order to get a passing grade. 

Previous exams

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, and you submit your response 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

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course

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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