PSYK3200 Social Psychology Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Year of study
FALL 2021
Course history


This course will examine relational skills and group processes both from a social psychological and behaviour analytic perspective. Counselling/supervision skills in practical training will be emphasized. The course will cover behaviour phenomena that are the focus in social psychology.

Required preliminary courses

Admission to the programme.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence:


The student can

  • describe essential behavioural phenomena of social psychology
  • explain specific fields of research and experiments within social psychology
  • explain the connection between behavioural analytic theories and practice concerning counselling/supervision


The student can

  • discuss behaviour analytic perspectives on behavioural phenomena within social psychology
  • explain the motivation theory on the basis of a social psychology and a behaviour analytic perspective
  • explain the terms verbal community, rule following and instructional control
  • explain the counselling process and its stages, as well as conducting basic counselling and supervision skills
  • use different supervision/counselling techniques and effective communication
  • formulate conditions that can promote cooperation, trigger conflicts tand solve conflicts
  • in a supervision/counselling process, demonstrate how to give positive and corrective feedback

General competence 

The student can

  • convey research from both social psychology and behaviour analysis in the analysis of social behaviour
  • discuss counselling and supervision from a behaviour analytic perspective
  • complete efficiently leading meetings and groups

Teaching and learning methods

Work and teaching methods in which are included in course are lectures, inter-teaching, seminars, group work, practical exercises and demonstrations (workshops). The students’ learning outcomes will be documented through the home examination.

Course requirements

To prepare for the examination must the following obtain approved:

  • Minimum 80 % participation at the seminars and compulsory teaching activities
  • 100 % participation in a workshop on counselling and supervision skills
  • Completing 11 minor tests (80% of the answers per test must be correct)
  • 100% participation in a demonstration of a counselling meeting that includes relevant counselling skills, and once as an opponent


Individual written home examination over four days, maximum 3 500 words 

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with.  

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F


One internal and one external examiner