APSB05107U  Elective course - Psychology of Morality

Volume 2018/2019

Is morality innate? Does cleaning your hands influence your moral decision making? Are creative people less or more honest?

During the course, we will discuss research aiming to answer such questions related to morality, typically relying on experimental approaches (like in Behavioral Economics). In particular, students will learn about modern theories of moral behavior, as well as about quantitative lab and field studies on individual and situational factors related to (im)moral behaviors such as altruism, cheating, or cooperativeness. We will focus on a broad range of topics including cognitive and emotional aspects of moral judgments and decision making, moral development, or evolutionary and neurobiological aspects of morality.


Learning Outcome

The goal of elective courses is an expansion or an additional perspective upon the psychological field. This is achieved through theoretical or empirical engagement in themes within or related to the psychological science. 

• Oral presentation: On the basis of one of the subjects of the previous lesson, a group of students must discuss a relevant topic or issue as an oral presentation. This discussion is primarily based on the previous session (targeting to repeat and deepen knowledge), and is led by around two of the seminar participants (depending on the final number of course participants). Thus, each student is responsible (with her/his group) for the discussion of one topic.
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Final exam: Free written exam to be handed in at the end of the course. Students are asked to write a 5-page (APA-guidelines) review paper on a self-chosen topic that was subject in one of the sessions. The review paper should provide an overview of the current research knowledge.

The exam can only be taken individually.
Exam registration requirements

For all elective subjects, a minimum of 75% attendance is a prerequisites for submitting assignments. However, the teaching is based on full participation.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Se eksamensplan

Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28