400886 :Research Master: Interpersonal Behavior


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Seminar (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: See specifics (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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prof. dr. I. van Beest

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After having followed this course, students understand how interpersonal situations influence social interaction. Students will also been able to critically evaluate research in this field. They will learn how structural aspects of mutual dependence influences cognitions, motivations, affect and behavior. Insights from game theory (an influential approach in psychology, sociology, economics, and behavioral biology) are applied to everyday behaviors in professional and private settings. Specific topics addressed are: (1) social identity, exclusion and the need to belong, (2) conflict and cooperation, (3) distributive and procedural justice, (4) fairness and self-interest, (5) negotiation, (6) social exchange en (7) social influence.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course consists of 14 meetings, twice a week for seven weeks. The meetings are run as a seminar in which scientific literature is discussed in detail. Hence, participation is required. Students prepare 2 to 4 articles or book chapters per meeting. Each meeting starts with a short quiz, testing factual knowledge. Next we discuss the literature, first on the basis of the questions in the quiz and subsequently more generally in relation to central questions in the course. Students will be actively involved in the discussion and their contribution to the discussion is part of the evaluation.

The final mark is the average of the quizzes (45%), the final exam (45%), and participation (10%). The quizzes and final exam consists of essay questions that test for insight and critical reflection on the topics discussed. The participation grade is based on the (1) ability to give and receive critical feedback, (2) ability to speak and write proper academic English, (3) creativity.

Students can only resit the entire course. The deadline of a resit of the individual quizes and participation is the date of the resit of the final exam. If students do not hand in the resit of the individual quizes and the resit of the participation, they cannot take part in the resit of the final exam. What constitutes a resit of the individual quizes and participation is decided by the teacher of the course.

To prepare for the first meeting students are required to read:

  • Ellemers, N., & Haslam, A.S. (2012). Social identity theory. In P.A.M. van Lange, A.W. Kruglanski, & E. T. Higgins (Eds) Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 379-398). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

To prepare for the second meeting students are required to read:

  • Baumeister, R.F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachment as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117, 497-529.
  • Hartgerink, C. H. J., Van Beest, I., Wicherts, J. M. & Williams, K. D. (2015). Ordinal effects of ostracism: A meta analysis of cyberball studies. PlosOne.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. A list of the literature that will be discussed in remaining seminars will be announced at the first meeting..

Vereiste voorkennis

Only for students who are qualified for the Research Master.

Verplicht voor

  • Master Social and Behavorial Sciences (research): Minor Methodology & Statistics ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 )
  • Master Social and Behavorial Sciences (research): Minor Social Psychology ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 )
  • Master Social and Behavorial Sciences (research): Minor Social Sciences ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 )