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500867-M-6
Research Master: Theory in Social Psychology
Course info
Course module500867-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Social Psychology; Social Psychology;
Is part of
M Social and Behavioural Sciences (research)
Contact persondr. M.J. Brandt
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. M.J. Brandt
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Coordinator course
dr. M.J. Brandt
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Academic year2019
Starting block
BLOK 2
Course mode
Full-time
Remarks-
Registration openfrom 07/10/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020
Aims

Specifics

The course will be evaluated by means of weekly evaluative papers (40%) and a final paper (80%).

Required Prerequisites

Only for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
Content

This is a course that analyses and evaluates theory development in Social Psychology. In this course we will:

  1. survey foundational perspectives of theory construction in the sciences,
  2. evaluate social psychological theories with respect to these perspectives, and
  3. present guidelines for the articulation and construction of future social psychological theory.

Corresponding to these aims, the first portion of the course will discuss prominent `meta-scientific┬┐ theorists (e.g., Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos) as they outline strategies for the systematic accumulation of knowledge, followed by a discussion of core theories in social psychology (e.g., Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Social Identity Theory, Terror Management Theory) in terms of these strategies. The final portion of the course will present guidelines for the development of additional theories, and means of determining when and where these theories are needed. The ultimate aim of this course is to facilitate cumulative scientific progress in social psychology, beyond advances in methodology and statistics.

Type of instructions

Interactive Lectures

Type of exams

Papers
Timetable information
Research Master: Theory in Social Psychology
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