Free Course: Advance Course in Social Psychology

Free Course: Advance Course in Social Psychology

Free Course: Advance Course in Social Psychology

Course Introduction

This course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics such as interpersonal attraction and understanding of social relationship, attitude, persuasion, interactive behavior, impression management, conflict resolution, and communication

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students from universities, colleges, and technical institutions and managers seeking to expand their scope of expertise

PREREQUISITES: Post-Graduation in any discipline

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Banking, IT, and manufacturing sector; HR department, Police training, Medical practitioners, Army, Navy, and Air Force Personnel.

Course Status :Upcoming
Course Type :Elective
Duration :12 weeks
Category :Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points :3
Level :Postgraduate
Start Date :22 Jul 2024
End Date :11 Oct 2024
Enrollment Ends :29 Jul 2024
Exam Registration Ends :16 Aug 2024
Exam Date :02 Nov 2024 IST

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Social Psychology: Its historical background; its scope, and major features of contemporary social psychology.

Week 2 : Methods Adopted in Social Psychology: Experimental and non-experimental approaches, Qualitative research methods- Grounded theory and Focused group.

Week 3 : Interpersonal attraction: Attraction, similarity, and liking, Measurement issues- Sociometry.

Week 4: Prosocial Behavior: Helping behavior and recipient reactions- Determinants and major models-Reciprocal altruism, negative-state relief model, empathy-altruism model, and social exchange theory.

Week 5 : Attitudes: Attitude and its components; Attitude formation theories; Persuasion.

Week 6 : Social influence: Social facilitation, Social loafing, Conformity, and compliance; Impression Management- tactics of impression management, self-presentation.

Week 7 : Distributive, Procedural and Interactional Justice: Meaning, definition, and types; Antecedents and outcomes.

Week 8 : Conflicting Behavior: Cooperation and competition; Conflict resolution strategies.

Week 9 : Communication: Process, formal and informal communication, verbal and non-verbal patterns of communication, social networks, rumors, and grapevine.

Week 10 : Group Behavior: Defining and Classifying Groups; Stages of group development; Group Properties-Roles, Norms, Status, and Cohesiveness; Groupthink and Groupshift; Approaches used for different types of group work.

Week 11 : Group Leadership: Conceptualizing leadership; Leadership styles, Contemporary theories of leadership- Leader-member Exchange, Charismatic Leadership, Transactional and Transformational Leadership.

Week 12 : Interactive Behavior: Transactional analysis, JOHARI window.

Books and references

1. Baron, R. A, & Byrne, O. R. (2006). Social Psychology (10th Ed.). New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India.
2. Baron, R. A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2016). Social Psychology (14th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
3. Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2016). Social Psychology and Human Nature (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
4. Gilovich, T., Keltner, D., Chen, S., & Nisbett, R. (2019). Social Psychology (5th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton.
5. Robbins, S.P. Judge, T.A. & Vohra, N., (2019). “Organizational Behavior,” (18th Ed). Pearson Education.

Instructor bio

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Prof. Pooja Garg

IIT Roorkee

Prof.Pooja Garg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. She is a postgraduate in Psychology and received her Ph. D in Psychology from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. Her areas of specialization are Organizational Behaviour and Positive Psychology. She has more than twelve years of teaching and research experience. She received the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Fellowship, now Chey Institute of Advanced Studies (CIAS) (2018-19), South Korea. She was awarded the Emerald Highly Commended Award, 2018, and Emerald Outstanding Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007, UK. She has published research papers in journals of national and international repute such as The International Journal of Human Resource Development, International Journal of Educational Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Organizational Management, among others

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 02 November 2024 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee .It will be e-verifiable at

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

– NPTEL team

Given that this is a non-credit course, it is important to note that there will be no final examination. Consequently, learners will not receive a certificate upon completion of the course. This structure aligns with the academic nature of the program, emphasizing the absence of a formal assessment and certification process for non-credit courses.

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