Social Psychology (Introduction to Social Psychology)

Module WI000399

This Module is offered by Chair of Psychology (Prof. Kehr).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2012/3 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2012/3SS 2012

Basic Information

WI000399 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level und Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Contents of the course are basic phenomena and methodologies of Social Psychology, with a special emphasis on: - social influence processes - group processes and group performance - self-concept - cognitive dissonance and reactancy theory - social attraction and love - social perception - aggressive behavior - prosocial behavior - social psychological research methods

Learning Outcome

Students are able to analyze and to constructively shape social interaction and group processes. They are able to understand psychological perpectives on social processes and demonstrate knowledge of classic studies and paradigms within the field of social psychology. Additionaly, students are able to evaluate the relevance of social attitudes and social cognition (person perception, performance evaluations) within the context of schools.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Sozialpsychologie (WI000399, WI000404_2) Freitag, 11:30–13:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

The contents of the lecture are conveyed with slides and handouts. Students are encouraged to study the relevant literature in order to develop further understanding of the contents. Applicability of the contents in private and professional settings is achieved by individual and group-based exercises, both within and outside the classroom.


- presentation - handout - literature and references on moodle - online-ted - interactive exercises - sample questions which help memorize and apply the learned concepts


(1) Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D. & Akert, R.M. (2004). Sozialpsychologie. München: Pearson. (2) Jonas, K., Stroebe, W. & Hewstone, M. (2007). Sozialpsychologie Eine Einführung (5. Auflage). Berlin: Springer. Required and further readings are referenced in the lecture and in the handout.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The 60 min written examination assesses the students' abilities to recall, interpret, and transfer the contents of the course to various social settings. For this purpose, some of the questions are single choice items and other questions are open questions. They can take on the form of - simple knowledge questions, which aim at recall of the learned concepts - decision items, which aim at classifying or interpreting the course contents - scenarios, which aim at transferring the learned concepts to real-life settings The final grade is determined by the performance in the written examination.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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