SOW-PSMBC10
Psychology of Behaviour Change: Theories and Interventions
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSMBC10
Credits (ECTS)8
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. M.L. van Leeuwen
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Examiner
prof. dr. H.P. Veling
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Lecturer
prof. dr. H.P. Veling
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Coordinator
prof. dr. H.P. Veling
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H.P. Veling
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Academic year2020
Period
SEM1  (01/09/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
SEM1
Course mode
full-time
Remark
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
You will acquire fundamental theoretical knowledge on behaviour regulation, social influence and behaviour change.
 
You will acquire understanding of existing and often used interventions in the field of behaviour change and social influence.
 
You are able to reflect critically on the use and limitations of theory for practical application.
 
You are able to reflect critically on the circumstances in which evidence-based interventions are effective.
 
You are able to explain the practical relevance of findings from psychological lab research.
 
Content

In this course you will learn the theoretical basis for explaining behaviour, behaviour regulation, and behaviour change. This knowledge forms the basis for your unique expertise as a behaviour change psychologist, and is essential for the subsequent course ‘Integrative Approaches and Models of Behaviour change’ and the 'Internship and Thesis'.

The course will start with explaining essential intra-individual determinants of behaviour such as resistance to persuasion, attitudes, intentions, habits and motivation, and interventions to change these determinants. Second, these determinants and interventions will be connected to broader approaches to behaviour change such as nudging and boosting. Finally, the role of the social and cultural context in which these determinants are embedded is addressed.

In discussing these topics there will be ample attention devoted to the question of how to best use these theories and interventions in practice, and how understanding of the psychological mechanisms may aid successful application of psychological theory in practice.

Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
The examination consists of two written exams with open-ended questions. First, the practice exam is obligatory, but will not be graded. The grade for the final exam must be at least a 5.50 to be able to pass the course, and this grade counts for 100%. 1) Practice exam: accomplished [formative] 2) Written exam: grade [summative] 100%
Specifics

Required materials
Book
ISBN:9781841694269
Title:The science of social influence: Advances and future progress (2007).
Author:Pratkanis , A. R.
Publisher:New York: Psychology Press.
Book
ISBN:9781138630611
Title:Persuasion, social influence & compliance gaining (2018)
Author:Gass , H. G., & Seiter , J. S.
Publisher:Allyn and Bacon
Edition:6
Literature
Selected papers and chapters

Recommended materials
Book
The content of Cialdini, R.B. (2013) Influence: Pearson New International Edition: Science and Practice, 5th edition, ISBN 9781292022291 is assumed to be familiar at the start of the course.
Title:Influence: Science and practice
Author:Cialdini, R.B.
Edition:5

Instructional modes
Assignments
Attendance MandatoryYes

Brightspace tentamen

Lecture

Response course

Self-study
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM1