Social Psychology (Introduction)

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Social Psychology to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • 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

Social Psychology goes naturally with a leaning towards believing that we are made, rather than born, what we are. We often seek the causes of behaviour in the individual’s interaction with his environment, yet since the work of Sigmund Freud, there has been a widespread awareness that it is not merely the current environment that matters, but also the environment during earlier development and this course examines the effects on the individual in their attitudes, perceptions and prejudices.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • A Struggle of Values
      • Where to Begin?
      • Born or Made?
      • What Practising Psychologists Think
  • Lesson Two
    • Attitudes
      • Are Fast Talkers More Persuasive?
      • Cognitive Dissonance
      • How our Attitudes are Formed
      • Judging Attitudes
  • Lesson Three
    • Prejudice and Discrimination
      • Prejudice against Women in the Army
      • What is Discrimination?
      • Other Forms of Prejudice
      • Racial Prejudice
  • Lesson Four
    • Aggression
      • Rape
      • Violence in the Media
      • Eron’s Proposal
      • Dealing with Anger
  • Lesson Five
    • Groups
      • Cults
      • How a Group Affects the Individual
      • Leadership
      • Comparing Ourselves with Others
  • Lesson Six
    • Social Exchange
      • Experimental Gaming Research
      • The ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ Game
      • Trust
      • Other Aspects of Social Exchange

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.