IGNOU BPC-06 - Social Psychology

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IGNOU BPC-06 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Social Psychology
  • Language(s)
  • Code BPC-06
  • Subject Psychology
  • Degree(s) BA
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BPC-06 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Introduction to Social Psychology

  • Unit 1 - Definition, Concept and Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Unit 2 - Historical Perspective of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and Other Related Disciplines
  • Unit 3 - Social and Person Perception–Definition, Description and Functional Factors
  • Unit 4 - Cognitive Basis and Dynamics of Social Perception and Person Perception

Block 2 - Attitudes and Behaviour

  • Unit 1 - Definition, Concept, Description, Characteristic of Attitude
  • Unit 2 - Components of Attitude
  • Unit 3 - Predicting Behaviour from Attitude
  • Unit 4 - Effecting Attitudinal Change and Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Compliance of Self-Perception Theory, Self-Affirmation

Block 3 - Group Dynamics

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Groups: Definition, Characteristics and Types of Groups
  • Unit 2 - Group Process: Social Facilitation, Social Loafing, Group Interaction, Group Polarization and Group Mind
  • Unit 3 - Group Behaviour: Influence of Norms, Status and Roles; Introduction to Crowd Behavioural Theory, Crowd Psychology (Classical and Convergence Theories)
  • Unit 4 - Crowd Psychology: Collective Consciousness and Collective Hysteria

Block 4 - Culture and Norms

  • Unit 1 - Definition of Norms, Social Norms, Need and Characteristics Features of Norms
  • Unit 2 - Norm Formation, Factors Influencing Norms, Enforcement of Norms, Norm Formation and Social Conformity
  • Unit 3 - Autokinetic Experiment in Norm Formation
  • Unit 4 - Norms and Conformity: Asch’s Line of Length Experiments
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IGNOU BPC-06 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

SECTION – A Answer the following questions in 1000 words each. 1. Explain schema. Describe the biases in attribution. 2. Differentiate attitude from related concepts. Explain the formation of attitudes. 3. What are social norms? Discuss the factors influencing norm formation. SECTION – B Answer the following questions in 400 words each. 4. Define and discuss the scope of social psychology. 5. Describe the ethics followed in research. 6. Explain the mechanisms of person perception. 7. Describe the characteristics of crowd. 8. What is social facilitation? Describe the drive theory of social facilitation. SECTION – C Answer the following questions in 50 words each. 9. Survey method 10. Relationship between social psychology and economics 11. Cognitive dissonance 12. Attitude accessibility 13. Attitude ambivalence 14. Group mind 15. Social loafing 16. Reference groups 17. Autokinetic effect 18. Injunctive norms vs. descriptive norms

IGNOU BPC-06 (July 2021 - January 2022) Assignment Questions

SECTION – A Answer the following questions in 1000 words each. 1. Explain non-experimental methods of research in social psychology. 2. Describe the types and theories of attributions. 3. Define attitude. Discuss the functions of attitude. SECTION – B Answer the following questions in 400 words each. 4. Explain how attitudes predict behavior. 5. Describe the types of groups. 6. Explain cognitive dissonance with an example. 7. Describe the theories of crowd behavior. 8. Describe the meaning of norms. Discuss the implication of violation of social norms. SECTION – C Answer the following questions in 50 words each. 9. Goals of research in social psychology 10. Schema 11. Social categorization 12. Motives of self presentation 13. Meaning of self-affirmation 14. Salient features of roles 15. Social conformity 16. Collective hysteria 17. Meaning of crowd 18. Group polarization
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