Germany, Frankfurt

Frankfurt Summer School - Psychology

when 21 July 2014 - 20 August 2014
duration 5 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 1800

Module 1:

Social Psychology (week 1 and 2)

Humans are social beings; hence, social psychology affects all of us. We constantly think,
feel and act not only as individuals but also – and sometimes primarily – as members of social groupings. Social psychology studies human interaction – its forms, causes, consequences and psychological processes. In this course, we will study how human behavior and thinking is influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others. Students will get an overview of social psychological theories and will learn to apply these theories to everyday problems and situations. We will provide a full range overview of social psychology and we will discuss topics such as attribution processes, influence and obedience, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, aggression and violence, intergroup behavior, prosocial behavior,
social rituals as well as attraction and love. The course will comprise lectures, group work,
self-assessments and exercises.

Textbook: Hogg, M. & Vaughan, G. (2014) Social psychology (7th edition). Boston: Prentice Hall.


Module 2:

Organizational Behavior (week 3 and 4)

Organizations consist of the people who work within them. This course therefore attempts to build the students’ understanding and skill in leading and managing people and organizations.
The objectives of this course are (1) to raise the student‘s awareness of the centrality of organizational behavior to understanding organizational functioning and effectiveness; (2) to show how an understanding of human behavior via the disciplinary basis of psychology profoundly deepens our analysis of organizations, and (3) to demonstrate the core value of an understanding of organizational behavior to a manager‘s ability to achieve organizational goals. We will provide an overview of organizational behavior and we will discuss topics such as perception and personality, motivation, leadership and decision making, groups and teams, organizational culture and change, and gender and diversity in organizations. The course will comprise lectures, group work, self-assessments and exercises.

Textbook: Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T.A. (2014). Essentials of Organizational Behavior (12th edition). Boston: Prentice Hall.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick
(Dean of the Department of Psychology and Sports Sciences
Scientific Director Center for Leadership and Behaviour in Organizations (CLBO)
E-Mail: van.dick@psych.uni-frankfurt.de)
Website: http://www.socialpsychology.uni-frankfu

Target group

Students in the field of Educational Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics with little or no previous knowledge in the field

Course aim

Module 1:

Social Psychology (week 1 and 2)

Humans are social beings; hence, social psychology affects all of us. We constantly think,
feel and act not only as individuals but also – and sometimes primarily – as members of social groupings. Social psychology studies human interaction – its forms, causes, consequences and psychological processes. In this course, we will study how human behavior and thinking is influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others. Students will get an overview of social psychological theories and will learn to apply these theories to everyday problems and situations. We will provide a full range overview of social psychology and we will discuss topics such as attribution processes, influence and obedience, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, aggression and violence, intergroup behavior, prosocial behavior,
social rituals as well as attraction and love. The course will comprise lectures, group work,
self-assessments and exercises.

Textbook: Hogg, M. & Vaughan, G. (2014) Social psychology (7th edition). Boston: Prentice Hall.


Module 2:

Organizational Behavior (week 3 and 4)

Organizations consist of the people who work within them. This course therefore attempts to build the students’ understanding and skill in leading and managing people and organizations.
The objectives of this course are (1) to raise the student‘s awareness of the centrality of organizational behavior to understanding organizational functioning and effectiveness; (2) to show how an understanding of human behavior via the disciplinary basis of psychology profoundly deepens our analysis of organizations, and (3) to demonstrate the core value of an understanding of organizational behavior to a manager‘s ability to achieve organizational goals. We will provide an overview of organizational behavior and we will discuss topics such as perception and personality, motivation, leadership and decision making, groups and teams, organizational culture and change, and gender and diversity in organizations. The course will comprise lectures, group work, self-assessments and exercises.

Textbook: Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T.A. (2014). Essentials of Organizational Behavior (12th edition). Boston: Prentice Hall.

Credits info

8 ECTS
Furthermore, you can gain up to 3 ECTS points for the German language course.

Fee info

EUR 1800: The programme fee for participants is 1,800 €.



The fee covers all tuition fees, accommodation, the social programme and health insurance. Students registered at one of our partner universities will receive an attractive discount. Please contact us.



Please note that all participants have to take care of the visa application including covering the visa application fees themselves if they need a visa for Germany.



Students enrolled at Goethe University are given the opportunity of taking part in Frankfurt Summer School for free if they are willing to support the international participants as buddies.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students from our Partner Universities. Please check our website for further information:
http://summerschool.uni-frankfurt.de/