Courses in English - Autumn 2019

The courses offered are subject to change. Time, syllabus and descriptions to be updated...

Courses offered on Bachelor's level:

  1. Social Psychological Theory
  2. Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology
  3. Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease
  4. The Feeling of Being
  5. LGBTQI+ Awareness for Students of Psychology
  6. Psychology of Morality

Courses offered on Master's level:

  1. The Feeling of Being
  2. LGBTQI+ Awareness for Students of Psychology
  3. Psychology of Morality 
  4. Perspectives on sustainability
  5. Psycology of the Self
  6. The Psychosocial Work Environment 
  7. Health Psychology - Psychosocial Aspects of Health


Courses offered on Bachelor's level

Social Psychological Theory (15 ECTS)

Mondays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., CSS 35-0-13, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

Kristian Østergaard Melby

Course description:
The course Social Psychological Theory introduces the student to the subject field of social psychology. Here is the central focus on the relationship between the individual and the society and in particular how the former gets integrated in to the latter.

In answering the question of social integration, the course deals with two different overarching approaches: The psychological social psychology where the individual is the main focus, and sociological social psychology where it is the society. Based on group work, student and teacher presentations, we explore older and contemporary social psychological theories focusing on concepts such as individualisation processes, groups, attitudes, roles etc. In applying the theories, topics such as family, youth, integration, identity, culture and ethnicity are discussed.

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Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology (5 ECTS)

Lectures, Fridays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., CSS 35-01-05, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

Professor: Jesper Mogensen

NOTE: This course has a pass-fail examination. Therefore, it is not possible to receive a letter-grade.

Course description:
Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology include the normal as well as the disordered and injured anatomy, physiology and neurochemistry.

Central course themes are:

  • Basic genetics and genetic versus non-genetic factors in the development of normal as well as pathological processes within the areas of psychology, neurobiology, psychiatry and neurology.
  • The prenatal (embryology) and postnatal development of the nervous system.
  • Psychopathology (psychiatry) and neuropathology from a biological and neurobiological perspective, including psycho- and neuropharmacology.
  • The organic (mainly neural) substrate involved in cognitive processes.
  • The functions of the nervous system.

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Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease (5 ECTS)

Thursdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., CSS 35-0-13, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

Jesper Kristiansen

Course description:
Can psychosocial conditions at work cause disease? What are the mechanisms? How do we assess and quantify psychosocial conditions and their effects? How can we intervene against job stress? These and other questions are the topics for the course. The course is interdisciplinary, and will introduce commonly used models of work-related stress, as well as broadly applicable methods for measuring the physiological effects of stress on the body. These methods are useful in understanding the effects of job stress and psychosocial stressors on health and wellbeing, with applications for cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression, metabolic illness, and other chronic diseases. The course includes both structured lectures that introduce and review various concepts and methods, and group work were where students are encouraged to engage with fellow students and researchers. These lectures and group work cover topics such as models of psychosocial job stress, mechanisms between psychosocial job stress and health, critical discussion of the association between job stress and chronic diseases, and job stress interventions. 

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The feeling of being: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Study of Human Consciousness (10 ECTS)

Thursdays  3 p.m. - 6 p.m., CSS 35-0-13, 10 weeks, starts week 36

Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg

Course description:
This course introduces the main theoretical models and the empirical methods employed to explain and measure consciousness. Students are offered the opportunity to learn about the neurobiological mechanisms possibly underlying the emergence of consciousness and to grasp why science needs to embrace also conceptual and philosophical levels of analysis. The course outlines the multi-faceted nature of consciousness by discussing different aspects of the phenomenon in normal as well as in abnormal conditions. Students are encouraged throughout the course to actively participate in discussions and to make critical thinking regarding the current state of knowledge about how the brain relates to the mind.

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LGBTQI+ Awareness of Students of Psychology (10 ECTS)

Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., CSS 2-0-24, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

Postdoc Esra Ummak

Course description:
This seminar is designed as an introductory program to inform the psychologists who (will) work with LGBTQI+ individuals about the core concepts related to affectional orientation and gender identity, the interview principles, contemporary approaches and to let them question homonegative approaches and practices. 

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Psychology of Morality (10 ECTS)

Tuesdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., CSS 2-2-42, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

PhD fellow Karolina Aleksandra Scigala and Phd fellow Shambhavi Tiwari

Course description:
Is morality innate? Does cleaning your hands influence your moral decision making? Are creative people less or more honest?
During the course, we will discuss research aiming to answer such questions related to morality, typically relying on experimental approaches (like in Behavioral Economics). In particular, students will learn about modern theories of moral behavior, as well as about quantitative lab and field studies on individual and situational factors related to (im)moral behaviors such as altruism, cheating, or cooperativeness. We will focus on a broad range of topics including emotional aspects of moral judgments and decision making, moral development and evolutionary aspects of morality. Additionally, we will discuss about practical implications of morality in the present world, including business organizations.

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Courses offered on Master's level

The Feeling of Being: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Study of Human Consciousness (7,5 ECTS)

Thursdays  3 p.m. - 6 p.m., CSS 35-0-13, 10 weeks, starts week 36

Claudia Carrara Augustenborg

Course description:
This course introduces the main theoretical models and the empirical methods employed to explain and measure consciousness. Students are offered the opportunity to learn about the neurobiological mechanisms possibly underlying the emergence of consciousness and to grasp why science needs to embrace also conceptual and philosophical levels of analysis. The course outlines the multi-faceted nature of consciousness by discussing different aspects of the phenomenon in normal as well as in abnormal conditions. Students are encouraged throughout the course to actively participate in discussions and to make critical thinking regarding the current state of knowledge about how the brain relates to the mind. 

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LGBTQI+ Awareness of Students of Psychology (7,5 ECTS)

Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., CSS 2-0-24, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

Postdoc Esra Ummak

Course description:
This seminar is designed as an introductory program to inform the psychologists who (will) work with LGBTQI+ individuals about the core concepts related to affectional orientation and gender identity, the interview principles, contemporary approaches and to let them question homonegative approaches and practices. 

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Psychology of Morality (7,5 ECTS)

Tuesdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., CSS 2-2-42, weeks 36-41 and 43-50

PhD fellow Karolina Aleksandra Scigala and PhD fellow Shambhavi Tiwari

Course description:
Is morality innate? Does cleaning your hands influence your moral decision making? Are creative people less or more honest?
During the course, we will discuss research aiming to answer such questions related to morality, typically relying on experimental approaches (like in Behavioral Economics). In particular, students will learn about modern theories of moral behavior, as well as about quantitative lab and field studies on individual and situational factors related to (im)moral behaviors such as altruism, cheating, or cooperativeness. We will focus on a broad range of topics including emotional aspects of moral judgments and decision making, moral development and evolutionary aspects of morality. Additionally, we will discuss about practical implications of morality in the present world, including business organizations.


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Perspectives on sustainability (7,5 ECTS) 

NOTE: The course is taught in two different classes that follows different teaching periods and class rooms:
Class 1:
Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., CSS  4-1-36, weeks 36-41 and 43-47
Class 2: Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., CSS  2-0-24, weeks 39-41 and 43-50
When signing up for the course students do not get to choose which class they will be following

Professor Jens Villum Hoff

Core subject in the core-subject line in The Politics of Environment, Climate and Sustainability.
Political Science: Only accessible to students who are admitted to the core-subject line.
Students from sociology, economy, psycology, Global development, and antropology can apply through the selfservice.
There will be two teaching teams and the students will be distributed by lottery. There will be a limited intake of students.

Literature list will be uploaded to the Absalon room and will be made available two weeks before the course begins.

Psychology of the Self (7,5 ECTS)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., CSS 7-0-40, weeks 33 and 34
NOTE: This course is only taught  over two weeks in August 2019

The self-concept (or simply „the self“) subsumes peoples thoughts and feelings towards their own person. One classic test to measure the self simply asks people to provide 20 answers to the question “Who am I?”. Typical answers include “I am nice,” “I am competent,” “I am proud of myself,” and sometimes “I am the greatest!” To conduct research on the self it is necessary to divide the global self into more manageable parts (i.e., to sort the answer to the Who-am-I? test into categories and research each of those categories). A popular division distinguishes three parts: (1) the content of the self (e.g., “I am nice,” “I am competent”), (2) the valence of the self (e.g., “I am proud of myself,” “I dislike myself”), and (3) biases of the self (e.g., “I have a very high IQ” even though the person actually has an average IQ). This summer course will provide a detailed introduction to the self and, in particular, its three parts.

The summer course will take place in the last two weeks of August. We will meet three times per week (Mo., Wed., Fr.) each time from 10:00 to 16:00. Meetings 1-2 will concern the content of the self (i.e., self-concept semantics), meetings 3-4 will concern the valence of the self (i.e., self-esteem), and meetings 5-6 will concern the biases of the self (i.e., self-enhancement). Each course attendee will prepare a presentation before our meetings and we will listen to those presentations, hear additional presentations from myself, and discuss each presentation in detail. The language of the course is English.

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The psychosocial work environment, well-being, stress and organizational behaviours: issues in assessment and management (7,5 ECTS)

Mondays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., CSS 2-2-55, weeks 36-41, 43-46 and 48-50

Associate professor Paul Conway

NOTE: This course has a pass-fail examination. Therefore, it is not possible to receive a letter-grade.

Course description:
Which factors of the psychosocial work environment lead to stress, low work engagement and negative organizational behaviour? And which ones lead to positive outcomes instead? How to assess the psychosocial work environment in work organisations, and how to design successful intervention processes and evaluate their effectiveness? 

These are common questions facing occupational psychologists as they deal with issues related to the psychosocial work environment and its impact on employees’ health and well-being. The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to theories, methods and procedures that can be used to assess and manage the psychosocial work environment in organisations. 

Key topics addressed by the course are:

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the understanding of different types of job demands and job resources, and their differential impact on health, well-being and organizational behaviour;
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to occupational health assessment and intervention;
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the evaluation of occupational health interventions.

Through the analysis of specific problems and cases, the students will be introduced to the challenges of translating theory into practice while dealing with real work scenarios. 

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Health Psychology - Psychosocial Aspects of Health (7,5 ECTS) 

Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 11a.m., CSS 1-0-10, weeks: 36-41 and 43-50

Professor: Timothy Skinner

NOTE: This course has a pass-fail examination. Therefore, it is not possible to receive a letter-grade.

Course description:
The aim of the unit is to introduce students to clinical issues in health psychology and to examine the psychosocial aspects of a range of illnesses, and to explore them with current theoretical models and research findings, and how these can inform clinical practice. The unit will cover a range of different illnesses and conditions and will examine the psychosocial predictors and sequelae of those illnesses. It will explore a range of theoretical models used to explain the coping and adjustment processes in health care. The course will also include exploring the role of acceptance based approaches through experiential and theoretical learning.

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