Social Psychology

6 ECTS / Semestral / Português

Objectives and method

Social Psychology studies the influence of the presence of others (whether it is real, imagined or implicit) on individual behaviour. Thus, students are not only expected to be able to identify and define social concepts and basic phenomena but also able to understand and critically reflect on such phenomena and processes and their impact on human behaviour. This course also aims to promote students’ ability to apply theoretical models to practical cases, showing critical thinking abilities.

This course follows a theoretical-practical approach. Each set of classes corresponds to one theme and students are instigated to apply theoretical knowledge to practical cases, discussing and debating different perspectives in order to develop their critical thinking abilities.



Introduction to Social Psychology
Object of study and historical framing. Levels of analysis in Social Psychology.

Understanding the social world
The social self.
Social perceiver: causal attributions (definition, theoretical frameworks, and attribution processes; attribution errors)
Social judgement: attitudes (concept, components and dimensions; attitudes formation and functions; relationship
between attitudes, emotions, and behaviors).

Social relations
Attitude change: persuasion.
Social influence: conceptualization and types of social influence; classical studies of social influence processes.

Group dynamics and structure: the effects of group belongingness
Groups’ function and formation. Group behavior and group decision-making.
Social identity: definition and formation processes.
Intergroup relations: stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
Improving intergroup relations.
Pro-social behaviors.


Invited Professor
Catarina Morais é investigadora no Centro de Investigação para o Desenvolvimento Humano da mesma instituição. Doutorada em Psicologia Social pela Universidade…