Development of Pro- and Antisocial Behaviour
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB2SP70E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryB2 (Second year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. Y.H.M. van den Berg
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dr. Y.H.M. van den Berg
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dr. Y.H.M. van den Berg
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dr. Y.H.M. van den Berg
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dr. T.A.M. Lansu
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Academic year2021
PER3  (31/01/2022 to 08/04/2022)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
You are able to use psychological theories and empirical knowledge in explaining pro- and anti-social behaviour. Specifically, when you have finished the course:
  1. You will know what pro- and antisocial behaviours are, and you are familiar with the various forms (e.g., altruism, cooperation, reactive aggression, proactive aggression) each of these behaviours can take. (FQ 2.1)
  2. You will be able to understand pro- and antisocial behaviour from a developmental and situational perspective. (FQ 2.1, 3.1-4)
  3. You will be able to apply theories and findings of these different perspectives to novel situations and scenarios (FQ 2.1, 3.1-4, 3.7, 5.1).
  4. You have learned about specific research designs and conclusions, and you have presented your knowledge to your fellow students in a clear, structured, and accessible way (FQ3.6, 5.4). 
  5. You will be able to analyze a recent event concerning pro- and antisocial behaviour from a developmental and situational perspective in a video presentation (FQ 5.1, 5.4).
  6. You will be able to develop a solution/ intervention/ advice to this event, based on multiple theoretical perspectives (FQ 3.7, 5.7, 6.3).
  7. You will be able to present your solution/ intervention/ advice in a clear and convincing way (FQ 5.4, 5.5).
You are walking down the street when you see a group of guys beating up a man. What will you do? Wait until others come to the rescue, or be a hero and help the victim? You might wonder: what factors caused the aggressors' behaviours?
This course addresses pro- and antisocial behavior and the factors that influence it. Prosocial behavior is described as voluntary behavior intended to benefit others, while antisocial behavior can be defined as behaviour aimed at hurting others.
In this course you will learn to approach pro- and antisocial behavior from three different perspectives: the developmental, situational, and evolutionary perspective. We will also pay attention to the interaction between these perspectives.

This course focuses on normal development, starting in early childhood and ending in adulthood. In addition, we will discuss a number of specific themes, including bullying, the importance of media, and different ways to intervene in antisocial behaviour. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to translate a recent event concerning pro- and antisocial behaviour to a psychological question in a video presentation. Examples of themes are extreme violence against paramedics or fundraising by a six-year-old boy Tijn for Serious Request. You will be asked to analyze this event from multiple psychological perspectives and formulate an advice or solution to solve or diminish the problem.

Presumed foreknowledge
This course is for Psychology and AI students only
Test information
Exam information
  • Exam (multiple choice questions with 4 answer-options and open answer questions (50% of the total grade). The required literature and information discussed during the regular and zoom-in lectures can be assessed during the exam.
  • Video group presentation (50% of the total grade).
  • An insufficient grade (grade < 5.50) for the exam or video presentation can be retaken once within the same academic year, but only if you have participated in the first examination. You need to have a sufficient grade for both the exam and the presentation in order to pass the course.
  • If your final grade is insufficient (final grade < 5.50 after retakes) your grades for the exam and/or video presentation will expire. You cannot transfer any of your grades to the next year’s version of this class.

Required materials
Literature will be assigned at the start of the course.
Course guide
The course guide will be made available on Brightspace, 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeLecture

There will be 7 regular lectures focusing on theory, and 3 zoom-in lectures focusing on practice (prevention, intervention and treatment).

Attendance MandatoryYes
Type of instructional modePresentation

2 video preparation meetings will be held, in which you will receive additional information with regard to the video presentations. You will also have the opportunity to prepare your presentation with your fellow students.

Open answer questions
Test weight50
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4

Video presentation
Test weight50
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4