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Social Psychology and Choices for Well-Being

Instructor: Prof. Giuseppe Carrus [see profile]
Disciplines: Psychology, Health Sciences

The course describes the individual and group processes at the basis of human social behavior (e.g. individual differences, attitudes, social norms, social interaction), how these processes affect perceptions and choices in daily life, and, in turn, how these perceptions and choices relate to the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities. The course will explore the application of social psychological theories and research to socially relevant domains such as health promotion, education, sustainable lifestyles and behavioral changes, food consumption, and education. Topics treated include research methods in social and behavioral science, perception of the social world and social cognition, implicit cognition and automaticity, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, self and identity, group dynamics and intergroup relations, social norms, persuasion and social influence.

Site visits include organic food farms and cooperatives, farmers’ markets, urban parks and protected areas, didactic farms, innovative low-carbon wineries, civic associations on waste reduction and sustainable waste management.


  • midterm
  • Annotated bibliography (1-2 pages, 5-10 relevant literature references)
  • Research paper (systematic review of a pre-approved topic or short research report; 8-10 pages)
  • Final exam