Leadership, Obedience and Group Dynamics

Leadership, Obedience and Group Dynamics
Tutor Penny Hyams
Thursdays, For 11 Weeks 
21/05/2020 - 30/07/2020
18.00-20.00
Full Fee: £80 Conc: £35

Why was Hitler so enthralling? Why do everyday people do things completely against their and social norms when told to be a voice in authority? What do people look for in a good leader and how do we define what makes a good leader? What does obedience mean in modern times and can every individual in society be made to follow? Looking at some classic principles in social psychology, Zimbardo’s classic prison study for example, we will explore how people behave in group situations. We will learn more about Milgram’s fascinating study, devised to examine if Eichmann and his accomplices were just following orders and how our expectations of people impact on their behaviour.

  1. Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in how psychology explains our behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed.

  1. What this course could lead to?

There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre. Further details are available in the prospectus. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.

  1. What does this course cover?

This course covers some of the classical principles that have bene studied in social psychology, work by Zimbardo in his classic prison study, the Pygmalion effect by Rosenthal and Jacobson, the Milgram experiment.

  1. What will it be like?

A number of different methods will be used including tutor exposition, pair and small group work and class discussion. A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the topics being examined.

  1. What else do you need to buy or do?

To benefit fully from this course it is recommended that students complete the reading recommended in class. You do not need to buy a text for this as handouts will be given and other resources will be available through the Moodle page for the course