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Deviance, Crime & Stigma

The social processes involved in defining others as deviant or criminal and the consequences of those processes at the level of interactions and identity.

Self & Identity

The social bases of selfhood; how individuals develop and express their sense of self in and through social interaction.


The lifelong processes involved in learning how to interact in different social contexts.

The Social Construction of Reality

How individuals’ beliefs and meaning-making activities shape interpersonal behavior, relationships and ultimately social institutions.

Collective Behaviours

The study of crowds, fads, disasters, panics and social movements.

Lived Experiences

“Society” as it is subjectively experienced and understood by individuals.

Ryan and Leanne Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Social Psychology student Richard Vacca-Pierkarczyk (pictured on the far left) has won third place in the Clarke Prize competition held on April 27, 2017. The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship were established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke and his wife Leanne to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students who are advocating or wish to advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

May 11, 2017

Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer: Opinion

Honours Social Psychology Alumnus Nathaniel Schutten, shares his opinion on the Canadian Parole System.

Apr 18, 2017

McMaster group’s anti-racism initiative to unveil demands and take action

Social Psychology student Sarah Jama is hoping an anti-racism action plan she helped organize will lead to tangible steps to defeat racism in Hamilton.

Mar 27, 2017

Social Psychology capstone students annual poster fair

All Social Psychology students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2017 Capstone Poster Fair | Wed. March 22, 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to be held in the Great Hall of the University Club of McMaster

Mar 21, 2017

Social Psychology students take home awards

March 1, 2017, Social Psychology Students attended the 2015-2016 Faculty of Social Sciences Awards Ceremony.

Mar 06, 2017

Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology

How do people come to be who they are? How do people think about, influence and relate to one another? How do individuals experience their social realities? These are the broad questions that social psychology strives to answer. Among the themes that social psychology students explore are self-presentation and impression management, identity, emotions, social interaction, conformity and obedience, deviance and labeling, and collective action and social movements.

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