Social Psychology is both an exciting area of research within psychology and a perspective on the whole of the discipline. Psychology@LSE looks at human behaviour both in the context of evolution, health and development, society and culture and in relation to the economy, communications both interpersonal and mediated, politics and social organisations.
Social Psychology is not available as a single honours degree subject at undergraduate level. However, a full unit introductory course is offered as an outside option for students registered for degrees in other subjects.
This course is:
PS102 Social Psychology - Course Convenors are Dr Chris Tennant and Dr Bradley Franks.
An outline of the course can be found here
In very summary terms the course covers:
Theories and concepts such as: self and identity; attitudes; communication, influence and persuasion; groups, organisations and crowds; social cognition, e.g. how our expectations influence our perception of the social world, and how our culture and social world influences those expectations.
Applications such as: exploring the meaning of public opinion polls; immigration; the social and psychological sources of prejudice; rioting; economic behaviour; crime and eyewitness testimony; media influence; leadership and motivation; the commons dilemma.