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GEC2301 Social Psychology and Everyday Life: Home

Course Description

This course is looks at the role of social psychology to understand our everyday lives from a historical and socio-cultural perspective. It introduces students to key topics, concepts and research within this area to illustrate the contribution that social psychology has made to our understanding of the individual mind and behaviour as well as interpersonal and intergroup relations in relation to a variety of topics e.g.  altruism, migration, social justice, media, work, prejudice etc.

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