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Social Psychology

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: PX2105
Autumn 2020
50% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021
Spring 2021
50% Day
Period: 18 January 2021 - 6 June 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-27351
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors operate in a social context. Since the early 20th century, social psychologists have examined some of the most fundamental questions about humans as social beings: What is the nature of stereotypes and prejudice? What principles determine people’s behavior in groups? Why are we attracted to some people and repelled by others? How do our attitudes form and how can we influence those of others? Moreover, social psychology contributes to the understanding of, and may offer solutions to, several problems in modern society, including racial discrimination, sexism, overconsumption, and intergroup aggression.

This course invites you on a journey from classical social psychological studies to modern-day cutting-edge research. Working directly with advanced research literature, you will enhance your understanding of the social nature of human beings and at the same time learn about the craft of doing social psychological science. All teachers on the course are themselves active researchers in their respective areas. If you are interested in pursuing doctoral-level studies, the course offers a unique opportunity to hone your skills in thinking and writing about research.

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures and seminars. During the second half of the course, you will independently write a literature review on a social psychological research topic of your own choosing.

The course is given in English.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: At least 90 hec in psychology at Bachelor's level (first cycle), including a thesis of 15 credits, is required. Applicants must also prove knowledge of English: English 6/English Course B or the equivalent level as certified by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL or IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Elin Carlfalk, phone: 031-786 6766. E-mail:


Department of Psychology
Box 500
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Haraldsgatan 1

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