Social Psychology (Advanced)

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Advanced Social Psychology
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course considers behaviour in organisations, with special attention to those managing deviance, whether criminal or psychological, and the psychological effects of a class society. The way people are influenced by others is basic, whether through conformity, compliance or obedience, and we look at established theories like attribution processes and the effects of behaviourism, ending with an original emphasis on the incompleteness of adaptation.


  • Lesson One
    • Established Theories
      • What Makes a Good Theory?
      • Some Current Theories
      • History of Theorising
      • Behaviourism
  • Lesson Two
    • Social Influence
      • Obedience – Milgram’s Shocking Experiment
      • Compliance
      • Conformity
  • Lesson Three
    • The Psychology of Organisations
      • Introduction
      • Psychometrics
      • Organisational Structure – Two Types (and Two Ways to Manage)
      • Conflict and Change in Organisations
  • Lesson Four
    • Managing Deviance
      • A Solution that Became the Problem – the Old Asylums
      • In America
      • The New Policy for Mental Care
      • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Lesson Five
    • Psychology and Social Structure
      • Introduction
      • Groundwork – Mainly Conceptual
      • Class
      • The Role of Education
      • Social Mobility
      • Notes
  • Lesson Six
    • The Limits of Adaptation
      • Repetition in Our Environment
      • Harmful Exposure
      • Experimental Studies
      • Applied Psychology
      • Notes

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.