From a Social Psychology of obedience and conformity to that of agency and social change

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Introducing psychology to first year students comes with its own challenges of presenting it in a clear introductory manner, yet also triggering students to think critically about the theories they are presented with. If we were to think of social psychology as a discipline that mutually influences and is influenced by contemporary socio-political contexts, then we need to introduce the science as not only studying how individuals are inclined to adapt, conform, and assimilate to the world as is, but also how and under which conditions individuals are agents for social change. I will discuss challenges relating to applying classical theories to contemporary issues and suggestions for what could be incorporated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Tips : A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2016-17
PublisherSociety for the Teaching of Psychology
Publication dateOct 2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-941804-52-0
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
EventSixth Annual Psychology One Conference - Stanford University, Palo Alto, United States
Duration: 13 Jul 201714 Jul 2017


ConferenceSixth Annual Psychology One Conference
LocationStanford University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto
Internet address


  • teaching
  • social psychology
  • conformity
  • obedience
  • social change
  • agency


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