Study programmes / B-EPA Economic policy and administration / Specialized Seminary - Social Psychology
Course code:OSSP
Course title in language of instruction:Specialized Seminary - Social Psychology
Course title in Czech:Odborný seminář - Sociální psychologie
Course title in English:Specialized Seminary - Social Psychology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Fulfillment of requirements (2 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 0/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:English
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FBE
Name of lecturer:Ing. Pavel Žiaran, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites:(Language in Business - English or Language in Business - English or English 1 or English K 1 or English 1, EI) and Sociology and Social Psychology
Aims of the course:The aim of the course is to make the students acquainted with basic terms of Social psychology and of the research in social sciences as well. The students should be able in the end of the course to read and talk about the famous theories and concepts, methods, paradigms of Social Psychology, realize research and write the research report. The activity of the students and also self-experience training will be emphasized. Theoretical and practical part of each theme is connected in order to the students have an example of usage of the given information in their future professional life. The conversational or working knowledge of English is necessary for this course.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to Social Psychology; research in Social Psychology (allowance 0/4)
2.Self-perception, social perception and mistakes of social perception (allowance 0/2)
3.Personality, temperament in social context (allowance 0/2)
4.Verbal and non-verbal communication; social communication and possibilities of its improving (allowance 0/3)
5.Social behavior in groups and teams (allowance 0/3)
6.Stress and coping with stress (allowance 0/3)
7.Types of conflicts and coping with conflicts (allowance 0/3)
8.Interpersonal social behavior (socialization, conformity, group influence, stereotypes, prejudice and racism, aggression, altruism, attraction, gender roles and identities) (allowance 0/2)
9.Attitudes and attitude change (allowance 0/2)
10.Presentation skills (allowance 0/4)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to solve problems
-ability to work in international context
-capacity to learn
-communication in second language
-interpersonal skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Students should be able effectively use communication skills within work environment.
-Students should be able to have public presetation.
-Students should be able to realize research and write the research report in English..
-Students should be acquainted (in English) with famous theories, concepts, methods, and paradimgs of Social psychology.

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Assignment/s and presentations of students' works are required for the credit.
After successful passing of this subject students should be able to present in English, to write research reports, to read professional and scientific texts in English from social psychology and from other social sciences and communicate within these areas as well.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     seminar26 h
     preparation for exam15 h
     preparation of presentation5 h
     elaboration and execution of projects5 h
     writing of seminar paper5 h
Total56 h

Basic reading list
  • HOGG, M A. -- VAUGHAN, G M. Social psychology. 5th ed. Harlow [u.a.]: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN 978-0-13-206931-1.
Recommended reading list
  • ARONSON, E. Social Psychology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2004. 677 p. ISBN 0-13-121787-9.
  • HAYES, N. Principles of Social Psychology. Hove: Psychology Press, 2005. 168 p. ISBN 0-86377-259-5.
  • MYERS, D G. Social Psychology. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill,Inc., 1993. 682 p. ISBN 0-07-044292-4.