APSK15727U Elective course - Psychology of Self

Volume 2020/2021

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 to the self and, in particular, its three parts.

The summer course will take place in the last two weeks of August. We will meet virtually via Zoom three times per week (Mo., Wed., Fr.) each time from 10:00 to 16:00. 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 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.


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 36
  • Total
  • 36
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free written assignment submitted in Digital Eksamen according to the exam schedule.
The exam paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students.
1 student max 14 pages, 2 students max 21 pages and 3 students max 24 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.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Friday 30th of August 2019


See the  eksamensplan for winter 2019

Criteria for exam assesment