The Psychology of Groups

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Sramana Majumdar

Course Dates

 21st-29th Dec




6 Hours/Week


INR 12,000

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18th December,2021

Pre-college courses to explore specific disciplines

3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays

India's best faculty, amazing peers & learning support

Completion certificate from ashoka university

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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    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

    Maanya Tewatia

    Teaching Assistant

    Maanya Tewatia – Teaching Assistant
    After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Maanya pursued the Young India Fellowship and went on to complete her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University with a specialisation in Social Psychology. In the past, she has worked with the Identity and Intergroup Relations Lab and her research interests include identity, gender, discursive psychology, and social media and society. Maanya has previously been a Teaching Assistant at Ashoka University for courses such as ‘Seminar Series in Psychology’, ‘Thinking Like a Psychologist’ and ‘Leadership and Group Dynamics’.

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