PSYb1080 Social Psychology II

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. PhDr. Petr Macek, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Šerek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Bouša (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jitka Čurdová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Eliška Dufková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Bronislav Farkač (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Michal Mužík (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Michaela Procházková (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Pavel Řezáč, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Macek, CSc.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Petr Macek, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each even Tuesday 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb1080/01: each even Tuesday 16:00–17:40 U33
PSYb1080/02: each odd Tuesday 16:00–17:40 U23
PSYb1080/03: each odd Tuesday 18:00–19:40 U23
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY108 Social Psychology II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course introduces basic concepts of social psychology, especially in the area of social behavior. More concretely, following themes are included: social behavior and attitudes, interpersonal relationships, group processes, social behavior, prejudices etc.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, student will be able to: - understand basic terms and concepts from SP; - describe and to interpret relationships among social psychological phenomena - understand the role of personality in interpersonal interactions and social action - understand the basic principles snd rules of social cognition - apply theories of social psychology on everyday life experiences of people - propose question for the empirical research in social psychology field; - implement administration of methods of social psychology
  • Themes of lectures:
  • (1) Attitude: definition, structure. Cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components of attitude. Different aspects of attitude (complexity, consistency, stability). Attitude change, persuasiveness. Theories of attitude (L. Festinger, F. Heider, D. Bem, C. Hovland, S. Chaiken, R. Petty, J. Cacioppo). Attitude and behavior (Fishbejn, I. Ajzen, R. Fazio).
  • (2) Social influence: conformity, compliance, obedience (M. Sherif, S. Asch, S. Milgram). Informational social influence. Normative social influence. Compliance as a request to change of behavior. Obedience to authority.
  • (3) Interpersonal attraction and close relationships. Social attraction, influencing factors (proximity, similarity, reciprocity, physical attractiveness). Psychological theories of interpersonal attractiveness (H. Kelley, J. Thibaut, D. Buss). Profits and losses in close relationships (trust, anxiety, competency, responsibility). Similarities and complementarity in the intimate partnerships. Loneliness.
  • (4) Variability of social behavior. Helping and hurting. Cultural determinants, norms and standards. Individualism and collectivism, value orientation (H. Triandis, S. Schwartz, S. Kitayama). Prosocial orientation and prosocial behavior. Evolutionary, personal, and situational influences (bystander effect, pluralistic ignorance, diffusion of responsibility, E. Wilson, H. Kelley, J. Thibaut, R. Cialdini, C. Bateson). Aggression, dispositional and personal infuences, situational causes of aggression, tolerance to aggression (L. Berkowitz, A. Bandura, R. Baron, N. Malamuth).
  • (5) Small group: Definition, basic attributes, and key characteristics of small groups. Structure and dynamic of groups, development of group behavior. Influences of groups on individual: social facilitation, social loafing, deindividuation. Group decision, groupthink, group polarization. Leadership in groups. Sociometry.
  • (6) Social stereotypes and prejudices. Media influences on stereotypes. Social norms, myths (W. Lippmann, G. Allport, S. Fiske). Crowd, crowd behavior, theories of crowd (G. LeBon, R.W. Brown, Turner, N. Smesler). Psychological aspects of anonymity in society.
  • VÝROST, Jozef and Ivan SLAMĚNÍK. Sociálna psychológia. info
  • ARONSON, Elliot and Robin M. AKERT. Social psychology. Edited by Timothy D. Wilson. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005. xxxvii, 65. ISBN 0131327933. info
Teaching methods
The course consists of biweekly thematic modules that typically include textbook and other readings, lectures, seminars and graded activities. Students are obliged read the assigned chapters in the course textbook and use the IS e-learning system to read the supplemental literature, which is available electronically in PDF and/or Word format.
Assessment methods
This course is based on lectures, reading of literature, and active active participation on seminars. Student will receive a final letter grade (A-F) for semester based on the following components: seminar paper, test of terminology, and final written exam (test).
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Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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