SpecificsThe course will be evaluated by means of weekly evaluative papers (40%) and a final paper (80%).
Required PrerequisitesOnly for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
This is a course that analyses and evaluates theory development in Social Psychology. In this course we will:
- survey foundational perspectives of theory construction in the sciences,
- evaluate social psychological theories with respect to these perspectives, and
- 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 instructionsInteractive Lectures
Type of examsPapers