Core: Sociocultural level of analysis
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Enduring understanding:
  • What makes you who you are?
  • Culture influences behavior.
Essential Questions:
  • To what extent is our behavior determined by our culture?
  • How do psychologists study socio-cultural factors on human behavior?
  • How does our social cognition influence our behavior?

Learning outcomes:
  1. Outline the principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis
  2. Explain how the principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis may be demonstrated in research through theories and/or studies
  3. Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the SCLA
  4. Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the SCLA
  5. Describe the role of situational and dispositional factors in explaining behavior
  6. Discuss two errors in attribution
  7. Evaluate social identity theory
  8. Explain the formation of stereotypes and their effect on behavior
  9. Explain social learning theory, making reference to two relevant studies
  10. Discuss the use of compliance techniques
  11. Evaluate research on conformity to group norms
  12. Discuss factors influencing conformity
  13. Define the term culture and cultural norms
  14. Examine the role of two cultural dimensions on behavior
  15. Using examples, explain emic and etic concepts

The three areas of in-depth study are linked below

Sociocultural level of analysis-sociocultural cognition
Sociocultural level of analysis-social and cultural norms
An integrative approach to prejudice and discrimination
Command term question development for SLA

Links to TOK:
  • How does culture affect the way we interact with our family, friends and strangers?

IB Learner profile: Open Minded
  • They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

  • Mini lectures fllowed by reflective writing
  • Psych briefs
  • Debates
  • Mind maps
  • Class discussions

  • SAQ practice
  • Precis writing
  • Wiki page development
  • Peer editing using Google docs
  • Mind map and visual representation (non-text) of key concepts
  • SAQ exam
  • In class essay
  • Psych briefs
  • Oxford Revision guides As & A Level Psychology Through diagrams pp. 45-77 selected
  • Forty Studies That Changed Psychology-Asch: The Power of Conformity; Milgram: Obey at Any Cost.
  • DVD discovering Psychology: The Power of the Situation.