Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to use a structured approach (the PATH model) when applying psychological insights to solve real-world societal problems. Specially, students will be able to:
- define societal problems;
- analyze the causes of the problem and relating these to insights from psychological theories;
- select and integrate the most important causes in an explanatory model;
- develop an intervention that could reduce the problem;
- communicate this application of psychology in the form of a report.
Course book, syllabus, readings (listed in syllabus), lectures, and slides
The course involves 7 lectures and 7 tutorial sessions. The lectures explain and elaborate on the material covered in the course book and provide opportunities for students to ask questions. The material covered in the lectures provides a stepping-stone to prepare for the tutorials. In between the lectures and tutorials, students work together in groups and use the PATH model to develop an intervention for a societal problem. During the tutorials, students present on the progress of their project and receive feedback from the teacher and/or fellow students.
The examination involves two parts:
A final average grade of 6 is necessary for passing the course. A retake for the individual written exam is offered at the end of the semester. A retake for the group report is offered during the semester. If multiple students wish to retake the report they will be placed in new groups. If only one student wishes to retake the report, then the student will complete the retake assignment individually. The assessment criteria for the retake of the group report remain the same. All parts of the course are valid for one academic year. If you do not pass the course this year and want to re-do it in a later year, this means you will re-take all parts.
- Individual written exam with open questions that covers all course materials (course book, required readings, syllabus, lectures, and slides). This part counts for 80% of the final grade.
- Group report. This part counts for 20% of the final grade.
For this course measures to limit fraud may be implemented. When these measures to limit fraud are decided by the MT, students will be notified via CANVAS. If possible, online proctoring during exams will be preferred.
Please note that this course is part of the major track Social Psychology (of the bachelor Psychology program). This course will assume that you have completed the three prior courses in this track and it will build on the content covered in those courses. As a result, this course is not suitable as an elective or minor course for students who do not have the appropriate background knowledge. If you are unsure whether you meet the admission requirement for this course, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Florian van Leeuwen via email@example.com