Social Psychology

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Delhi University
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This course entitled “Social Psychology” has been designed in a very systematic and logical manner for self-learning of a virtual learner. This course shall be presented through a variety of multimedia enriched e-content, activities and assessments so that you are able to understand various topics very well.


The entire course shall be delivered in 15 weeks including two weeks for Revision and Assessment. In the weeks 1-7 and 9-14, you shall be provided with self learning e-content including videos, e-text, activities and weekly quizzes. You must attempt all these quizzes.  In the 8th and 15th weeks, you are supposed to revise what you have learnt till then and you shall be given assignments and quizzes. Grades obtained in these shall be counted in the final grading.


This shall be followed by proctored examination(s) covering entire syllabus, which shall be duly notified. A team of PI/co-PI, Course Coordinator, Tutor(s)/ Teaching Assistants shall always be there with you to provide you support for any problems you face. You can post your queries in the discussion forums or through mail. At the end of the course, you must provide feedback which will help us to enhance the quality of this course further.


This course has been developed for the students seeking in-depth understanding of the basic concepts provide an understanding of how people's feel, think, and influence behavior and are in turn influenced by each other This course gives an overview of study and helps us to understand the nature and causes of human behavior in social settings. Historical Background and Theoretical Perspectives- Growth of Social Psychology as a modern discipline, Social Construction, Social Representation, Discursive Social Psychology, Social Exchange, Social Comparison, Symbolic Interaction, Sociobiology are also explained. It shall cover detailed study of these along with Self and identity which consist of Self-knowledge, Self-regulation, Self-esteem, Self-serving bias, Self- presentation, Social identity, Culture and Self Construal.  The course shall also deal with the Social Perception and Social Relations- Attribution, Impression Formation and Impression management, Interpersonal Attraction, Close relationships, Prosocial behavior, Aggression and violence, Communication, Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination. There shall be detailed study on Social Influence and Group Processes- Conformity, Compliance. The course shall also lay emphasis on Obedience, Attitudes, Persuasion, Social Performance, Group Decision Making, and Intergroup conflict, Negotiation and Peacemaking, Sustainable Future. The last section of this course shall deal with Applied Social Psychology- Introduction to Applied Social Psychology, Gender Issues, Environmental issues, Population Issues, Crowd and Social Movements, Social Psychology and Work, Social Psychology and Health and Well Being, Social Psychology and Legal System, Disadvantage and Deprivation.


Eligibility for enrollment

For credit transfer, a learner should be enrolled in any of the following:

-          Pursuing M.A./M.Sc. – Psychology

 -          UG Pursuing students – B.A.(H) Psychology

 -          As optional/elective for related or any other relevant course

For others: No eligibility


Course prerequisite, intended audience and reading materials


 For pursuing this course, students are required to be familiar with the following concepts:

Concept of self, Group dynamics, inter group relation, intragroup relation, role of environment in shaping up human behavior, overview of the classical research/experiment conducted in to understand interpersonal and intrapersonal factors affecting human behavior.

Learning outcomes

·         Understand about the growth of psychology and its social construction.

·         Comprehend Social Representation, Discursive Social Psychology.

·         Learn about Social Exchange, Social Comparison, Symbolic Interaction, Sociobiology

·         Evaluation of self and identity which includes Self-knowledge, Self-regulation, Self-esteem, Self-serving bias and many more.

·         Know about Social Perception and Social Relations

·         Understand about Social Influence and Group Processes

·         Know about applied social psychology.


Other Skills: Interactivity, Virtual discussion, Time management, Self-Learning

To access the content, please enroll in the course.


NK Chadha

Prof. N.K. Chadha


Professor at Department of Psychology,

University of Delhi and

Vice-Chairman and Member

Centre for e-Learning

SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi


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