General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Social Psychology
Language English
Module lecturer dr hab. prof UAM Hanna Mamzer
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position prof UAM
Faculty Faculty of Sociology
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 24-PIE-SP



10 meetings, 3 teaching hours each meeting, Thursdays 17.00-19.15, ON-LINE , 10 classes (10 weeks). First class October 19th. Only 20 persons can attend class. Final grading at the last class in form of written test (real meeting) but Students will be asked to write small (one page A4) essays in the meantime. Those essays will be included into final grading. Test will be based on readings suggested from provided pdf books. Class will consist of 2 meetings with experts, 3 discussions based on the watched movies. 4 meetings: presentations by students followed by discussion and comments. Classes are on-line but turning on camera is MANDATORY and active participation in the class is REQUIRED. Please make sure you have sufficient proficiency of English language in order to participate in the class. One absence is allowed, next ones have to be confirmed by medical doctor's statement.


Module aim (aims)

  1. Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Sufficient proficiency of English langueage is required- oral assesment will be held during first meeting. For those signing up for the class later- obligatory conversation with lecturer will be held.





For each class obligatory reading of relevant part from:

Zimbardo “Psychology and life”


Oct. 19         What psychology is about? Main problems and issues in psychology, dominating approaches.

Oct. 26         Movie: Experiment. Homework: write an essay. Send via email by Nov. 8th

Nov. 9th       Meeting with expert. Attitudes: creating, changing and influencing attitudes. Homework: write an essay. Send via email by Nov. 15th

Nov. 16th      Movie: Obedience. Homework: write an essay. Send via email by Nov. 29th

Nov. 30th      Non-verbal communication: specificity of mimics, gestures, posture and space management.

Dec. 7th        Movie: Blue-eyed. Homework: write an essay. Send via email by Dec. 13th

Dec 14th       Meeting with expert. Social aggression, frustration: causes and consequences. Homework: write an essay. Send via email by Dec. 20th

Dec. 21th      Presentation by students (5 persons): Conformity and self-fulfilling expectations. Rosenthal’s experiment.

Jan. 4th         Presentation by students (5 persons): Emotional expression, social aspects of expressing stress.

Jan 11th        Presentation by students (5 persons): Leadership and power. Group and group processes.

Jan 18th        Presentation by students (5 persons): Interpersonal attraction


Feb 5th         10.30 Written test: face to face (not on-line) Ogrody Campus Ul. Szamarzewskiego 89, building D, room 312


Reading list

Obligatory handbooks:

Philipe Zimbardo "Psychology and life"

Elliot Aronson "Social animal"

Elliot Aronson "Social Psychology: The Heart and the Mind"


Additional references:

Allport G. (1954) The Nature of Predjudice. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley.

Huffman, K., Vernoy, M.; Williams,B., Vernoy J. (1991). Psychology in Action. Chapter 1.

Bower, G.H., Bootzin, R.R., Zajonc, R.B. (1987). Principles of Psychology Today. New York: Random House. Chapter 12, 13, 18 and other corresponding chapters

McGuire, W. the concepts pf attitudes and their relation to behaviors. In: H.W.Sinaiko, L.A.Broedling (eds) Perspectives on Attitude Assesment: Surveys and their alternatives. Pendleton Publ. 1976

Schultz, D.P., Schultz, S.E. (1986). Psychology and Industry. An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company