The Psychology of Groups

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Sramana Majumdar

Course Dates

May 31, June 1, 3, 6 & 8 


INR 12,000 + GST


5:30 – 7:30 PM

About The Course

Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. For a long time, the discipline has focused on determinants and consequences of individual behaviors, but what about groups? Do individuals change when they join groups? What happens to our morals, beliefs, and attitudes when we are in the presence of others and act on behalf of a group? This course will introduce students to basic psychological theories, experiments and debates on group behavior and discuss these in light of contemporary questions on extremism, polarization, digital media and violent conflicts. We will examine how psychology intersects with politics, society, and technology to help explain how individuals behave in groups.

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    Course Faculty

    Mahavir Jhawar

    Sramana Majumdar

    Ph.D. Jamia Millia Islamia

    Sramana Majumdar is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ashoka University and studies identity, violence and intergroup relations. . She completed her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia where she worked on exposure to political conflict and experiences of collective violence among the youth in Kashmir. Presently she is working on intergroup contact, prejudice and identity performance in computer-mediated communication, specifically looking at how interactions on digital media shape, modify and moderate offline prejudices. She has previously taught at the School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi and the School of International Studies, Symbiosis University, Pune. Sramana has worked with several organizations as a psychometrician and research advisor on developing intervention based insights on gender, health and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Shreya Singh

    Teaching Assistant

    Shreya Singh – Teaching Assistant

    I completed a BA (hons) in Psychology at an undergraduate level and I am currently pursuing an advanced psychology major and a biology minor as part of my post graduate diploma. I am really interested in the field of psychotherapy, social psychology and developmental psychology.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.