APSB21727U Elective course - Psychology of Self - SUMMER COURSE 2024

Volume 2024/2025


Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH 

  • Bachelor and Master Programmes in Psychology
  • Master Programme in Social Data Science
  • Master programme in Political Science

The self-concept (or simply „the self“) subsumes peoples thoughts and feelings towards their own person. One classic test to measure the self simply asks people to provide 20 answers to the question “Who am I?”. Typical answers include “I am nice,” “I am competent,” “I am proud of myself,” and sometimes “I am the greatest!” To conduct research on the self it is necessary to divide the global self into more manageable parts (i.e., to sort the answer to the Who-am-I? test into categories and research each of those categories). A popular division distinguishes three parts: (1) the content of the self (e.g., “I am nice,” “I am competent”), (2) the valence of the self (e.g., “I am proud of myself,” “I dislike myself”), and (3) biases of the self (e.g., “I have a very high IQ” even though the person actually has an average IQ). This summer course will provide a detailed introduction into quantitative social and personality psychology on the self and, in particular, its three parts. We will spend much of our time in the course with comparing and discussing different, rival theories of self-content, self-valance, and self-bias (all from the quantitative tradition in social and personality psychology). The summer course will take place in two weeks in August (weeks 33-34). We will meet three times per week (Mo., Wed., Fr.) each time from 10:00 to 16:00, room CSS 2.2.36. Meetings 1-2 will concern the content of the self (i.e., self-concept semantics), meetings 3-4 will concern the valence of the self (i.e., self-esteem), and meetings 5-6 will concern the biases of the self (i.e., self-enhancement). Each course attendee will prepare a presentation before our meetings and we will listen to those presentations, hear additional presentations from myself, and—most of all—discuss each presentation in detail. The language of the course is English.


Learning Outcome

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes covered by the elective course
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective course
  • explain contexts, analyse and conduct procedures relevant to the elective course under supervision
  • discuss themes/problems relevant to the elective course or interpret cases/data related to the elective course.


Syllabus cf. curriculum: The syllabus can be compulsory or combined compulsory/​self-selected.
Elective (BA) (7.5 ECTS): approx. 600 standard pages
Elective (MA) (7.5 ECTS credits): approx. 800 standard pages

An up-to-date syllabus list will be available in the course room on Absalon just before the start of the semester.

If the course has previously been offered, syllabus lists can be found here: Absalon


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 36
  • Total
  • 36
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Set assignment with options - prepared at beginning of the course and submitted in Digital Eksamen 6 weeks after the course have ended.
Exact date will be published in Digital Eksamen at the beginning of the course.

The exam paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students.
1 student max 8 pages, 2 students max 12 pages and 3 students max 14 pages.
Exam registration requirements

For all elective subjects, a minimum of 75% of alle classes must be attended as a prerequisite for submitting the final exam. However, the teaching is based on full participation.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment