PSX_004 Social psychology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
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
Course objectives
An interactive course of social psychology uses the participation of foreign students in comparative studies of national identity, macrosocially shared cultural stereotypes and specific cultural dimensions.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to define social psychology as an area of psychology which deals with the study of social behaviour and the mental experience of individuals in the social context. Students will have a general knowledge of topics of social cognition, causal attribution, interpersonal communication, social processes in group and culture. Students will be able to prepare and conduct an interview on the topic of national identity and discuss the findings in the group. They will demonstrate a functional understanding of discussed processes because the topics are shown in their relation to the world in which the instructor and the students live.
  • 1. Introduction into Social psychology. Subject of study SP, SP in the context of related disciplines. History of SP. Basic trends in SP of 20th century, current influential paradigms. Research methods in SP, possibilities of application in SP.
  • 2.Social cognition. Social perception and categorization. Autostereotype and heterostereotype. First impression versus complex review. Creating of impressions of other people, connection between perception and motivation. Distortions and mistakes in social perception. Connection between perception and attribution processes.
  • 3. Social Communication. Communication process. Syntax, semantics, pragmatics. Verbal end nonverbal communication. Communication styles and relationships. Communication axioms (Watzlawick, Bavelas, Haley, Jackson). Determinants of the efficient communication, assertivity.
  • 4. Social processes in groups
  • a) Microsocial processes. Basic characteristics of the small group. Group development, group dynamics.
  • b) Macrosocial processes. Introduction to the intercultural psychology (Hofstede). Ethnic relations.
    recommended literature
  • Introduction to social psychology :a european perspective. Edited by Miles Hewstone - Wolfgang Stroebe - Goeffrey M. Stephenson. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 1996. xxii, 698. ISBN 0-631-18585-2. info
  • HOFSTEDE, Geert and Gert Jan HOFSTEDE. Cultures and organizations : software of the mind. Revised and expanded 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. xii, 434. ISBN 0071439595. info
    not specified
  • ARONSON, Elliot and Robin M. AKERT. Social psychology. Edited by Timothy D. Wilson. 8th ed., international ed. Harlow: Pearson, 2014. ii, 538. ISBN 9781292021164. info
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
Teaching methods
discussion, presentation, consultation
Assessment methods
Written and oral examination aimed at testing the student’s insight into the main theories, concepts and methodologies of the discipline.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
General note: Výuka probíhá formou konzultací s příslušným vyučujícím.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Předmět je určen pouze zahraničním studentům psychologie.
Teacher's information
Dear students, PSX_004 Social psychology for foreign students is designed as group and individual consultations and the self-study. There is no regular schedule for this subject. I expect 3 group consultations during the semester. The first meeting will be held on 1 October at 10 a.m. in my office room, Arne Nováka 1 street, the building C, 5th floor, 529a room. Dates of other meetings will be arranged personally on the spot.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020.
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