General and Social Psychology
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Üld- ja sotsiaalpsühholoogia
Course title in English
General and Social Psychology
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To develop the integrated understanding about different perspectives of the field of psychology and their use in applied settings. To support the development of the understanding of a human being as a bio-socio-psychological whole decoding reality.
Brief description of the course
An introduction of different perspectives of the field of psychology. The methods of investigation in psychology: experiment, observation, interview, questionnaire, survey. Biological psychology. The structure of nervous system and functions. Perception: sensation, memory, attention. Emotions and motivation. Theories of development. Intelligence and its measurement. Learning. Theories of personality. The field of social psychology: attitudes, attribution, conformity, altruism, aggressiveness. Psychotherapy and abnormal psychology. The introduction of different social psychology areas: self-awareness and identity, social perception and attitudes, communication, relationship between persons, social influence, groups and group processes. Also application of social psychology principles are covered.
Independent work
Lectures and independent work with literature.
Learning outcomes in the course
Student has an overview of the main topics of the contemporary psychology; acquires a comprehension of the main principles of psychological functioning and its relationship with environmental factors; has a knowledge of the application of psychology; is able to analyses him/herself and her/his surrounding on the bases of principles of the discipline of psychology.
Assessment methods
Two multiple choice tests. The overall result is formed of the sum of the tests. The questions in the tests rely on material covered in lectures as well as in obligatory literature. In the first test knowledge in general psychology is assessed; in the second test knowledge in social psychology is assessed. For positive results, both tests have to be passed at least 51% of the results. The marks are formed by the proportion of correct answers (51-60% =E; 61-70% =D; 71-80% = C; 81-90% = B; 90-100% = A). The overall mark is formed by the average of two tests.
Dots. Kristjan Kask
The course is a prerequisite
Replacement literature
Allik, J., jt. Psühholoogia gümnaasiumile. Tartu: TÜ Kirjastus, 2002
Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W. Introduction to Social Psychology. A European Perspective. Blackwell, Oxford, 2001
Myers,D. Exploring Social Psychology. McGraw-Hill, N.Y. 2004
Semin, G., Fiedler, K. Applied Social Psychology. Sage, London, 1996
Kon. I., Mina avastamine, Valgus, Tallinn, 1984
Andrejeva, G.M. Sotsialinaja Psihologija, Aspekt Press, Moskva, 2007 (vene keeles)
Myers, D.G. Sotsialnaja Psihologia v Moduljah. Evroznak, Sankt Peterburg, 2006 (vene keeles)