Social Psychology

By Dr.Sobhana Mishra   |   Madurai Kamaraj University
Learners enrolled: 708
Social Psychology is one of the important areas of Social Sciences which tries to find out the characteristics of social behaviour of human beings. Man is a social animal and depends upon other individuals in every walk of life. Humans started their primitive life and in due course they formed groups and moved from one place to another and later formed Society. After forming groups and societies they have framed their own rules, norms & codes and had their leader under whom they led their way of life.

In modern society we have different kinds of groups and organisations and societies. A common man is able to get contact with different kinds of members, groups and societies in different situations. So, ultimately men makes the society and the society makes the man. Their social behaviour is based on the individual and the society with whom he is in contact. Hence Social psychology is interested in studying the various characteristics of social reaction and social behaviour. It studies the individual behaviour in relation to his fellow men or society. So, Social Psychology is a systematic study of human behaviour in relation to his environment and the society.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2023
End Date : 09 Apr 2023
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 12 Mar 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1 

1.Introduction to Social Psychology-I
2. Introduction to Social Psychology-II
3.Nature, Scope and Methods of Social Psychology

Week 2 

4.Social Norms,Rules and Status
5.Religion and Society

Week 3 

6. Human Behaviour- I
7. Human Behaviour- II

Week 4 

8. Dynamics of Human Behaviour -I
9. Dynamics of Human Behaviour -II

Week 5

10. Psychology of Socialisation
11. Socialization - I
12. Socialization - II

Week 6

13. Self Concept and process of development of Self
14. Psychology of Social interaction
15. Mechanisms of Social Interactions

Week 7

16. Group Process - I
17. Group Process - II

Week 8

18. Sociometry
19. Public and Public opinion
20. Propaganda - I
21. Propaganda - II

Week 9

22. Social Psychology of Rumour
23. Democracy & Stereotypes of Social Psychology

Week 10

24. Mass Behaviour - I
25. Mass Behaviour - II
26. Mass Behaviour - III
27. Mass Behaviour - IV

Week 11

28. Leadership -I
29. Leadership -II
30. Leadership -III
31. Leadership -IV

Week 12

32. Forms of Social Control
33. Revolution and War -I
34. Revolution and War -II
35. Revolution and War -III

Books and references

1. Allport F.H: Social Psychology, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1929.
2. Ellwood, C.A: A History of social psychology (Prentice Hall, New York, 1958)
3. Lindzey, G. Handbook of social psychology
4. New comb, T. M: Social Psychology
5. Krech, D. E & Crutch field, R. S: Theory and problems of social psychology Mc Graw-Hill, New York 1948.
6. Bhattia Hans Raj: Elements of Social Psychology- Somaiya publication (p) Ltd., Mumbai
7. Kuppusamy B: An introduction to Social Psychology – Asia Publishing House, Chennai and Mumbai
8. Kimball Young: Hand book of Social Psychology – Routeledge and Kegan Paul, London

Instructor bio

Dr.Sobhana Mishra

Madurai Kamaraj University
Dr. Sobhana Mishra did her Masters in Sociology and Ph.D., in Medical Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. Have more than 17 years of research and teaching experience in the field of Sociology, Mass Communication and Educational Communication, Educational technology, radio/television broadcast and Social studies.  Undergone courses related to educational technology in USA sponsored by USAID in 1996.  Also undergone courses on educational television research and production organized by DECU Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmedabad, Government of India in 1988. Worked  as Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Madurai Kamaraj University from 2010 to 2017 and retired.

Worked as Research Scientist for 16 years in Educational Media Research Centre, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, which includes media research, production of educational Television programmes and teaching of M.Phil and PG students of Development Communication and Sociology.  

  • Have presented 9 research papers and Authored 22 research reports.
  • Undergone training sponsored by USTTI for educational technology at Washington DC, USA and DECU ISRO. 
  • Member of Central Preview Committee of CEC, New Delhi. 
  • Guest faculty at Institute of Applied Man Power Research, Planning Commission, Govt of India, New Delhi. 
  • Life member of various national and international bodies related to medical sociology, communication etc. 
  • Member, Board of Studies of various organizations.  
  • Produced 16 educational programmes including Bhatnagar Laureates Series for UGC Countrywide Classroom telecast.  Awarded as a co-producer of E-TV programme  ‘Mohanjodaro’  produced by EMRC, Madurai Kamaraj University as best programme award.  Apart from this Produced 44 videos and 40 e-contents in Sociology for NME-ICT project of MHRD. 
  • As the Director of EMRC,  developed e-contents for 5 UG courses namely:

  1. B.A Sociology
  2. B.A. Karnatic Music
  3. B.Ed Elementary education
  4. B.Ed Special Education for Visually Impaired
  5. B.Sc Agricultural Science

39 MOOCs courses were developed in the above subjects under Dr.Sobhana’s guidance.

Since 2010 -  Resourse person in training the Teacher participants of HRDC MKU Avinashilingam Womens University Coimbatore and various other institutions in Tamilnadu in the Development of E-Contents. 

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30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam

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