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Social Psychology

Code: LPSI200     Acronym: PS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 177 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Isabel Maria Rocha Pinto

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Isabel Maria Rocha Pinto 2,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 5 7,50
Ana Catarina Neves de Sá Lopes Carvalho 3,00
Isabel Maria Rocha Pinto 3,00
Samuel Lincoln Bezerra Lins 1,50
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-12-21.

Fields changed: Objectives, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Programa, Métodos de ensino e atividades de aprendizagem

Teaching language



1. knowledge of the macro-theories that structure Social Psychology and their relationship with individuals, groups and contextual characteristics;

2. assimilation of Social Psychology’s core concepts, theories and models and research about the perception and judgment of self and others, the social determinants of though and behavior, the processes underlying social conflict, and about intragroup processes;

3. understanding of the usefulness of those theories and models as a framework for specific social contexts and for the intervention upon the issues emerging in these contexts;

4. integration of the methodological-empirical discourse of Social Psychology, hence allowing students to analyse the production in the field and motivating them to take part in such production and to use it with the academic and non-academic communities.

Learning outcomes and competences

See objectives

Working method



I. “Psychology of everyday life”

.attribution theories

.impression formation

.implicit personality theories

.cognitive schemata and social judgment

II. Social cognition and emotion

.primacy of preferences over inferences

.socio-cognitive and socio-cultural theories of emotion

III. Attitudes, opinions and behavior

.attitude structure and function

.attitudes and behavior

IV. Social representations

.information dispersion and inferential pressure

.objectivation and anchoring

.information, attitude and representation field

.central node theory

.psychosocial anchoring theory

V. Social influence


.norm formation



VI. Stereotypes and intergroup relations

.prejudice, and discrimination

.subtle racism, aversive racism, and benevolent sexism

.stereotypes and intergroup contact

.cognitive models of stereotype change

.theories of intergrou conflict

.the social identification approach

VII. Group dynamics

.affiliation and interdependence

.socialization and group development

.leadership and deviance

.group tasks and performance

Mandatory literature

Abrams, D., Hogg, M. A., & Marques, J. M. ; The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion, 2005
D. T. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey; The Handbook of Social Psychology, Mc-Graw-Hill, 1998
D. Forsyth; Group Dynamics, Brookes/Cole, 1990
Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. ; Social Psychology, Pearson Education, 2014
J-F. Leyens; Teorias da Personalidade na Dinâmica Social, Verbo., 1987
Manstead, A. S. R. & Hewstone, M. ; The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, Blackwell, 1996
Manstead, A. S. R. & Hewstone, M. ; The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, Blackwell, 1996
Vala, J. & Monteiro, M. B. ; Psicologia Social, Gulbenkian, 2013

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes - by subject: 1. concepts, theory and research, basic conclusions; 2. state of the art (adversarial theories and models); 3. theoretical and methodological debates and concrete social implications.

Theoretical - practical classes coordination: Theoretical contextualization of a specific social phenomenon, by using a scientific-methodological discourse, specifically based on theoretical concepts approached in the respective theoretical class.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 80,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 10,00
Estudo autónomo 75,00
Frequência das aulas 50,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Trabalho de campo 12,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Mandatory attendance of 75% of the practical classes

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation: The distributed evaluation with final evaluation reflects the theoretical - practical classes coordination. Mandatory (a) attendance of 75% of the practical classes, and (b) obtainment of the minimal grades of 7.50/20 (37.5%) at the theoretical exam and at the practical classes (team project). The final grade is the weighted sum of the two grades and must not be inferior to 9.50/20 (45%):

Final grade = Theoretical X .80 + Practical X .20
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