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Social psychology


Social psychology is both an exciting area of research within psychology and a perspective on the whole of the discipline. Psychology at LSE looks at human behaviour in the contexts of evolution, health and development, society and culture and in relation to the economy, communications both interpersonal and mediated, politics and social organisations.

The Department of Social Psychology is a thriving centre for the study of social psychology and has an international reputation for its research led teaching in a variety of fields. Founded in 1964, the Institute is dedicated to consolidating and expanding the contribution of social psychology to the understanding and knowledge of key social, economic, political and cultural issues.

Features of LSE courses

Social psychology is not available as a single honours degree subject at undergraduate level. However, courses are offered as outside options for students registered for degrees in other subjects. Our courses are available in all three years of the undergraduate programme.


Social Psychology|:
introduces major perspectives on social and applied psychology: theories used to explain social perception, cognition and behaviour, and their application to real, practical social problems.

Societal Psychology: Theory and Applications|:
discusses major areas of application of social psychology to real-world issues. Emphasis is put on the complexities of translating theory into practice and on the theoretical developments which are prompted by research on topical social issues.

Please note the content of these courses is currently under review.

Preliminary reading

If you wish to gain further insight into the subject, we suggest that you look at one or more of the following books:

  • D Matsumoto and H Juang Culture and Psychology (3rd Edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2004)
  • D Myers Social Psychology (9th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007)