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The University of Vienna, founded in 1365 by the Habsburg Duke Rudolph IV, bears the name of "Alma Mater Rudolphina". Today, with a teaching staff of more than 5,600 professors and over 91,844 students enrolled in 190 departments, it is one of the largest universities in Europe. Approximately 4,000 students graduate every year. The university has eight faculties, including the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics. In October 1998, a new campus was opened on the site of the former general hospital to house most of the Faculty of Humanities. The Institute of Psychology hosts the working group on Economic Psychology which includes Work and Organizational Psychology, Marketing and Applied Social Psychology. Main areas of research are: social representations of the banking system; differential representations of taxes; purchasing decisions in private households (financed by the Austrian Research Council - Fonds zur Förderung Wissenschaftlicher Forschung); paying without money - acceptance of the chip-card (financed by the Austrian National Bank - Österreichische Nationalbank); psychological aspects of money: the EURO; psychology and taxes.
Johannes Kepler University is an important centre for resolving complex social, economic, technical and legal problems. The university promotes basic as well as applied research and places strong emphasis on research and practice-oriented teaching. It follows the principle of making positive use of the synergy deriving from cooperation between its three faculties. By enhancing inter-culturalism as well as internationality on its campus, the University responds to the demands of today’s pluralistic society. The University was founded in 1966 and has about 18,000 enrolled students and 450 academic staff members. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences is characterised by an interdisciplinary orientation. Practically-oriented approaches, holistic thinking and increased internationalisation help to meet the requirements generated by today’s globalisation. Research areas include: socially shared and distributed cognition; collective symbolic coping with new technology, e.g. biotechnology; cultural psychology; culture change; social representations and social construction; social cognitive science; discourse theory and media communication.
Masaryk University links high requirements for original research with systematic efforts to create the conditions for as broad an approach as possible to university education, on a level corresponding with the capabilities of students and the demands placed on their qualifications by the employment market in a modern society. The recent introduction of the three-year Bachelor's and two-year Master's degree model, as well as of a university-wide credit system based on the principles of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has ensured greater flexibility and helped foster the internationalization of curricula.
Instruction takes place mostly in Czech, however, increasing numbers of individual courses in English are being offered throughout the university, as well as a few Master's programs. Most doctoral programs can be studied in English. In addition, two special semester-long English-language programs have been created for international students, the Central European Studies Program (CESP) and the TESOL Teacher Education Program. For foreign students seeking a degree, there are yearlong intensive courses in Czech language, civics, and culture. Shorter programmes of study are available for post-graduate students.
One of the major strategic goals of Masaryk University is the internationalization of the university. To achieve this, it has established a wide range of contacts with universities in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The bilateral and multilateral agreements it has signed provide for the exchange of students and teachers, research and various kinds of joint activities. Its membership in two major international university networks, the Utrecht Network and the Compostela Group of Universities, offer additional opportunities for extending academic links, not only in Europe but with consortia in the United States and Australia.
The university is very active in the SOCRATES/ERASMUS program - agreements have been signed with over 150 universities - and CEEPUS (links with universities in ten Central and Southeastern European countries). Recently the university has introduced special doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships for international students; individual faculties also offer scholarships in certain subjects.
With 32 000 students and ten faculties, the University of Helsinki (founded 1640) is the largest University in Finland. In terms of the quality of research, it has the most prestigious reputation in the country in most disciplines. The Department of Social Psychology is one of the 9 departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki. Two interrelated research groups at the department deal with values, moral identity and emotions in different types of social relationships and with factors influencing well-being and marginalization of immigrants.Research Interests include: moral development and the social psychology of morality; values and professional ethics; history of social psychology; ethnic identity; inter-group relations; social psychology of knowledge; social representations of experts and expertise; social psychology of eating and food.
The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) is an internationally renowned institute for scientific research and doctoral studies in the main areas of the social sciences: history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, economics and other cultural areas. It is an institute for doctoral studies and students have access to all the seminars in the areas taught within the institute. The institute is internationally renowned for the diversity of its fields of research, the quality of its seminars and its international academic staff and students. The Laboratoire de Psychologie sociale (LPS) began its studies on minority influence and has played a leading international role in this research area. Laboratoire researchers continue to work in this field and a number of foreign researchers work with Serge Moscovici, Denise Jodelet and the head of the LPS Elisabeth Lage exploring new trends in the area.
The University of Provence (Aix-Marseille) is part of the Conference of French Universities. The research area of Letters and Humanities is covered by the Aix-en-Provence site. Letters and Humanities is made up of 5 Training and Research Units (TRU’s), with one in Psychology and Educational Sciences. The TRU for Psychology and Educational Sciences has 5 departments, one of which is the Department of Social Psychology. The Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale is made up of 3 research groups: "Social Representations", "Sociocognitive Processes", and "Social Psychology of Health, Illness Prevention and Medical Innovation". Research areas include: Structure and dynamics of social representations; representations and social practice; representations and social influences (in collaboration with the University of Geneva); social representations studies of security and insecurity, work, banking, enterprise, luxury (in collaboration with the MBA luxury management brand of the ESSEC, Paris), tourism (in collaboration with Universities of Lausanne and Valencia).
The University of Paris V, one of the youngest of the Paris universities, has about 30 000 students enrolled at different levels, from undergraduates to masters and doctoral students. The university staff totals about 900 academic and 500 administrative personnel. L’unité de formation et de recherché (UFR 7), Psychologie, Pratiques Cliniques et Sociales (PPCS), is part of the University Paris 5 (Vincennes, Saint-Denis). It has 5 teaching units, one of which in Social Psychology. The teaching staff of the UFR 7 consists of 12 professors, 26 lecturers, 4 assistants and additional support staff. There are several research centres, including the HEAD team “Research Group on the Word“ that has strong co-operative links with other international research centres in Canada (CIRADE, Montreal) and Latin America. Research areas include: Social Representations and Ideology; Political Psychology and Social Representations; Social Representations and Mass Communication; History and Social Representations; Social Representations and Social Cognition.
The Paul Valéry University is inscribed within one of the oldest European University Traditions. The University of Montpellier, founded on October 26 1289 through a Bull issued by Pope Nicolas IV, bringing together the schools of medicine, Arts, and Law, is the third university created in France, after those of Paris and Toulouse. The teaching of theology (1421), then of science (1809) and pharmaceutics are gradually added and contribute to its reputation of excellence which has never been disclaimed. In 1970, the old Faculties formed three distinct Universities. Set up in a beautiful campus in the North of the city, the Faculty of Letters, Arts, Languages and Human Sciences became the University of Montpellier III. It has adopted the name of Paul Valéry, as an homage to this great writer who was born in Sète and studied in Montpellier.
The University of Montpellier III has placed research among its main priorities and strives to reinforce its coherency, quality, and ranking. It has the ambition of developing high-level research, recognized and highly ranked; this policy corresponds to the very spirit of the University. The Ministry has made it responsible for the preparation of the project of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société of Montpellier, which was maintained for the new State-Region Plan. Based on the theme of the environment, this project encompasses Southern Europe and the Mediterranean area.
Its research policy is based on the work of 33 contractualized teams, of whom 8 are associated to the CNRS. These teams operate as a part of the two doctoral schools and act as a support to fifteen Master’s programs.
Social Psychology Laboratory
Axis 1 : Study of Sociocognitive Processes. Representations and Identity
Axis 2: Study of interactions between different sociocognitive processes
Axis 3: Study of interactions between sociocognitive processes and organizational situations or practices
In the Department of Social Psychology there are 35 staff members (10 Associate Professors, 19 Titular Professors, 5 Full Professors and 1 administrator). There are also 32 Doctoral Students. The main research areas are: social research statistics and methodology; group dynamics, organisational psychology; communication and media studies; work psychology; educational psychology, applied psychology.
Using a variety of approaches, current research activities include, on the national level: health; Applied Psychology; sexual behaviour; AIDS and emotions; communication, language and mass media; Environmental Psychology and behavioural scenarios; inter-group conflict, political context and social identity; organizational culture and behaviour. At the international level, topics include those predominantly related to socio-economic issues relevant to EU policy, such as development of national Identities in Europe, minority groups, values and well-being, gender, quality of life and public health, food and environment, language, media and communication.
Approaching its 5th century, the ‘Estudi General de València’ was initially dedicated to the study of medicine, humanities, theology and laws. Today it has become a modern European university open to practically every branch of teaching, research and culture. Due to a considerable increase in students, since the 1980's the University of Valencia has undergone a transformation aimed at improving the quality of education and encouraging research. At present, the institution has almost 3000 professors and lecturers divided among 82 departments and 10 research institutes in the fields of social health, human, experimental and basic sciences. The University has four campuses. The Faculty of Psychology is engaged in a wide range of research in social and experimental psychology related to a number of themes including social representations, social exclusion, social influence, well being of EU citizens and health. Research conducted in the Faculty employs a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including experimental and observational work, as well survey research and interview and ethnographic work. The main research area’s are: representations of society and prejudice; minority groups and social representations: the case of the Roma in a cross-national European survey; social influence and advertising against tobacco; new forms of racism.
ISCTE is an acronym for the Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (Higher Institute for the Sciences of Work and Enterprise). It is a public University created in 1972 and dedicated to social and organisational sciences. From the outset ISCTE has specialised in promoting the inter-disciplinarity between social sciences and technical applications. As a very recent institution ISCTE has a special status because of its direct link with the Portuguese Ministry of Education. It is a new model for what one could call a specialised University. At present, I.S.C.T.E. has about 5000 students, 60% in managerial sciences and 40% in social sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, Social History, Economics, and Social and Organisational Psychology. Their number will never exceed the target of 10.000 students. Its degree in Social and Organisational Psychology is unique in Portugal. The first cohort of under-graduates finished their degrees in 1999. ISCTE promotes an active strategy of internationalisation. The Department of Social Psychology (DSP) aims at developing teaching and research activities in the scientific domain of Social and Organisational Psychology. Technologically speaking, it has recently been enlarged, mostly in the field of computational sciences, but also in urban planning and public administration. From the outset ISCTE has specialised in promoting inter-disciplinarity between social sciences and technical applications. There are currently two full professors developing lines of research on social representations and an associate professor and an assistant professor pursuing research on social representations together with gender and environmental studies. The research groups co-ordinated by these professors include 6 doctoral students and cover a variety of research topics and methodological approaches, such as experimental studies and discourse analysis. Several lines of research are currently being developed including: social identities and citizenship; racism, perception of justice and discrimination of minority groups; sex discrimination, feminist consciousness and human rights; perception of environmental risks; perception of violence in the media; parental beliefs and educational options; group processes: leadership and decision making; social representations, attitudes, beliefs and values; public understanding of science. Newer research interests also include electronic groups, cognitive maps in negotiation context, organizational ethics and justice, cross-cultural organizational study and entrepreneurship.
The Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL), is an higher education institution that directs its activities towards the following goals: a) The education of students in cultural, scientific, artistic, technical and professional aspects with a raised level of qualitative requirements. b) Conducting research and applied inquiry activities; c) Rendering services to the community; d) Cultural, scientific and technical exchange with national and foreign institutions; e) Participation in national and international cooperation projects. The IPL is a legal entity endowed with statutory, scientific, pedagogical, administrative, financial, disciplinary and patrimonial autonomy. In the scope of its activities, the IPL can enter into agreements, protocols and other contracts with public, private, national or foreign institutions. The IPL, itself or its organic units, can participate in non-profit associations if their activities are compatible with the purposes and interests of the IPL. The IPL confers the bachelor degrees and, under the terms of the law, awards diplomas for specialized superior studies. It also can confer other degrees and diplomas, as well as honorary titles.
The institute has developed several European and multicultural projects. In particular, SOCRATES II is based on experience acquired in SOCRATES I (1995-1999), and further develops the aspects of the programme that had were successful, improving and combining several of the existing cooperative agreements and introducing a series of innovations. As a joint European Union education programme, SOCRATES II gives special attention to the life-long learning and will contribute to achieving the political objectives defined in the Lisbon Declaration (March 2000) that placed development of societal knowledge at the top of the EU's political agenda. Its objectives are: Strengthening the European dimension in education at all levels; - Promotion of the quantitative and qualitative improvement in knowledge of European Union languages, especially those less-used and taught; - Promotion of cooperation and mobility in education; - Encouraging innovation through the development of practical pedagogical and didactics materials and exploration of subjects of common interest in educational policy.
Although the oldest Romanian university, it is also an up-to-date higher education institution. Its scientific and educational achievements have enabled it to be accepted and acknowledged both in Romania and abroad.
Through its 140 years of activity, and with its 25,000 students and over 1000 academic staff, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University is an outstanding institution in Romania and is integrated in the European system of academic and scientific values.
Prof. Adrian Neculau is an internationally recognised scientist with a solid background in social science and very active in promoting international cooperation both aimed at research development and training of new generation of doctoral students.
The LSE is a major world centre of research and teaching in the Social Sciences. It has an outstanding reputation, not only in Economics (where five former staff members have won Nobel Prizes), but also in all the Social Sciences and closely related subjects such as History, Law and Philosophy. The Department of Social Psychology has 10 staff members and two joint appointments with LSE’s Methodology Institute, including the Director of the Methodology Institute. With some 110 graduate students, it is the largest concentration of social psychologists in Europe. Over 90% of the students in the Department are postgraduates. For some thirty years the School also ran a highly successful Honours BSc Degree in Social Psychology, which has recently been discontinued in order to enable the Department to focus on providing a graduate education in Social Psychology. Areas of recent areas of research include:
Resistance to change; public understanding of science; social representations of technology; public perceptions of biotechnology; risk communication; psychology of action/activity; content analysis; computer assisted qualitative methodology; narrative interviewing; focus group interviews; Eurobarometer surveys; social psychological aspects of consumer behaviour and advertising; economic values; the social impact of the new media and developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering; qualitative and survey research methods; planning, decision making and problem solving in organisations; project management, decision and negotiation aiding systems; organisational transformation; primary health care resource enhancement, networking and communication support; social representations; social psychology of public life and community; institutions; primary health care in the community; mental health; community development; identity; psychology and critical theory; mass media; the television audience; mass media debates, discussions and the public sphere; television drama genres; interpretive activity of viewers; social uses of new media; the child audience.
The University is a collegiate institution, and College membership is a significant aspect in the academic and social life of its members. The Faculty of Social and Political Science has recently introduced a Master's programme in Social and Developmental Psychology designed to provide students with a structured transition into graduate work. Central to this MPhil, which began in 1997, is that students work closely with faculty on existing research projects, as well as undertaking their own research. The programme also includes a broad based course in research methods in Psychology. The Faculty is engaged in a wide range of research in social and developmental psychology related to a number of themes including social representations, early social development, the social psychology of employment and unemployment, social attitudes, developmental consequences of parental death and divorce for children, psychological aspects of new technologies (new genetics and information technologies), psychological aspects of gender, psychoanalysis, cultural psychology, and the relation between social psychology and public policy. In addition the Centre for Family Research includes a wide range of research concerned with children and families drawing on sociological and historical perspectives as well as psychology. The research conducted in the Faculty employs a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including experimental and observational work, as well as survey research and interview and ethnographic work.