Humans are deeply social creatures, and as such we depend on each other for survival. A lot of what causes us joy or misery is rooted in other people's evaluation of us and our relationship with them. In this class, we will discuss basic concepts of social psychology. We will learn to understand cognitive biases, our need to categorize people, the implications of this need, what makes us gossip, or what makes us behave in an altruistic way.
During the course, the students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of social psychology and group dynamics. Methods of learning include lectures, class discussions, video clips, and student presentations. The class is taught in an interactive way. Throughout the course, students will learn how to pose a research question that contributes to social psychology and how to design an experiment testing theoretical hypotheses. The students will learn how to think critically about academic work.