Psychology and Society minor

Psychology provides unique insights with regard to societal challenges, e.g. sustainability, digitalization, public health, societal conflicts. The goal of the Psychology and Society minor is to enable you to analyse psychological processes in this context and to create applications based on psychological knowledge.

Studying Psychology and Society minor

The Psychology and Society minor conveys the knowledge and builds the competencies to understand and influence crucial psychological processes in diverse socially relevant fields.

Course content

You will be introduced into theoretical and empirical groundwork of the core applied psychological disciplines work, organisational, and economic psychology and educational psychology. Furthermore, you will get insights into current topics in health psychology, political psychology, psychology of sustainability, and media psychology.

You will learn to analyse societal problems from a psychological perspective, to influence psychological processes in interventions and educational offers, and develop strategies and solutions for conducting evaluations and field research.

Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon your role in the work field you are striving for, and on how to use psychology to the benefit of society in general.

Course Structure

The Psychology and Society minor is embedded in the interdisciplinary College study model with Leuphana Semester, Major and Complementary Studies. You start your Bachelor studies with the Leuphana semester. The first semester at Leuphana College gives you the opportunity to deal fundamentally with science. The Minor deepens or supplements your Major with another subject area. In Complementary Studies you have the freedom to pursue your thirst for knowledge individually by immersing yourself in a different field of knowledge each semester.

Compulsory modules

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Methods II: Disciplinary Methods
  • Introduction to the discipline

Second semester

  • Introduction to Psychology and Society: An Applied Perspective
  • 4 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies modules

Third semester

  • Educational Psychology
  • 1 Complementary Studies modules

Forth semester

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology in Society: Intervention and Evaluation
  • 3 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Fifth semester

  • Empirical Research Project in Applied Psychology
  • Economic Psychology
  • 3 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Sixth semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • 1 major module
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

Study regulations / Subject-Specific Schedule

Possible combinations of majors (main subjects)

The Psychology and Society minor can be studied in combination with one of the following Major:

  • Digital Media (ENG)
    In combination with the Digital Media major, the minor provides the psychological perspective that qualifies graduates for research and development positions and interpersonal services in their field, for example in usability research, computer-supported education, social media campaigning, or digital communication.
  • Environmental Sciences (GER)
    In combination with the Environmental Sciences major, the minor provides the psychological perspective that qualifies graduates for management positions and interpersonal services in their field, for example sustainability related counseling, policy development, project management and psychological evaluation of sustainability measures.
     
  • Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENG)
    In combination with the Global Environmental Sustainability Studies major, the minor provides the psychological perspective that qualifies graduates for management positions and interpersonal services in their field, for example sustainability related counseling, policy development, project management and psychological evaluation of sustainability measures.
     
  • International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship (ENG)
    In combination with the International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship major, the minor provides the psychological perspective that qualifies graduates for management positions and interpersonal services in their field, for example as leaders, in human resource management, training and counseling, or in corporate social responsibility.
     
  • Psychology (Basics) (GER)
    In combination with the Psychology (Basics) major, the minor completes the education to fully adhere to the quality criteria of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs, German Society for Psychology) for Bachelor programmes of psychology. It further builds a profile of societally conscious and responsible psychologists, which will qualify graduates for example for positions in human resources, education, counseling, social work, or campaign work.
     
  • Studium Individuale (ENG)

Language of instruction

ENG English-language major: no German required
GER German-language major: German required

At a galnce

  • final degree: Psychology and Society minor can only be studied in combination with a major
  • standard course length: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • admission restrictions: yes
  • deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
  • beginning of the course: April of each year (summer semester)
  • number of student places: 65
  • teaching and examination language: English

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