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Applied Social Psychology

Savitribai Phule Pune University and CEC via Swayam


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This course aims at developing and promoting skill based education. An important goal is to create awareness in responding to the needs and challenges of the contemporary society. Hence this syllabus is created keeping in mind the changing nature of the educational, institutions, workplace ,legal systems ,health issues etc. This course will provide the students the nature of applied psychology, it reviews basic research designs and data collection methods. This course will also cover how social psychology can be applied to difference areas of like environment, population diversity, legal system ,work, health, sports and media. This course also consists of steps involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of programmatic intervention. Objectives of this course are:1. To develop foundation for the basic principles of applied social psychology.2. To obtain knowledge about research methods in applied social psychology3. To help students to understand steps involves in implementations of intervention.4. To make students aware about how social psychological research have been applied to address social problems.


Week 01 - Introduction to Applied Social Psychology, Historical Background of Applied Social Psychology, Approaches to Applied Social PsychologyWeek 02 - Eminent Psychologists in Applied Social Psychology, Social Influence on Behaviour, Methodological Approaches - Research Designs, Qualitative Research, Methodological Approaches - Learning Research TechniquesWeek 03 - Methodological Approaches - Participatory Action, Survey and Observation, Applied Social Psychology and Environment, Inducing Pro-Environment BehaviourWeek 04 - Built Environment, Environment - Cultural Differences and Challenges, Population - Social Concerns - 1, Population - Social Concerns - 2Week 05 - Population - Social Influence - 1, Theories of Aggression and their relevance, Population - Social Concerns - 2Week 06 - Diversity - Introduction and Approaches, Diversity - Cultural and Demographics - 1, Diversity - Demographics - 2, Diversity - Opportunities and ChallengesWeek 07 - Work - Motivation, Leadership and Perceptual Biases, Job Satisfaction, Interpersonal Processes in Organizations - 1Week 08 - Interpersonal Processes in Organizations - 2, Health - Introduction, Persuasion and Social Influence, Health Literacy, Cross - Sectional Studies - Health Literacy and Measures to PromoteWeek 09 - Health - Family, Peer, Social Influences, Health Models and Planned Behaviour Theory, Health - Stress and CopingWeek 10 - Stress and the Immune System, Legal Systems - Social Psychology of a Crime, Origins of Criminal Behaviour, Concept of Criminal Justice System in IndiaWeek 11 - Eyewitness Testimony, Intervention and Evaluation - Introduction, Impact AnalysisWeek 12 - Process of Intervention - 1, Process of Intervention - 2, Impact Analysis - Definition and Types, Case Studies in Indian Context - Tihar Jail ReformsWeek 13 - Case studies in Indian Context - Chipko Movement, Case Studies in Indian Context - Burari Mass Suicide, Crime Against Children and InterventionWeek 14 - Sexual Harassment at Work Place and Pornography Addiction, Sacred Groves - Environmental Heritage

Taught by

Ms. Poorva Suhas Kulkarni



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