Applications invited for Online Course on Social Norms and Social Change

Applications invited for Online Course on Social Norms and Social Change

Organization: UNICEF

Apply By: No Deadline

Free/Paid: Free

About this Course:

This is a course on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. The course teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them, and how to decide whether they cause specific behaviors.  The course is a joint Penn-UNICEF project, and it includes many examples of norms that sustain behaviors like child marriage, gender violence and sanitation practices.

This is Part 1 of the Social Norms, Social Change series. These lectures, will introduce all the basic concepts and definitions, such as social expectations and conditional preferences, that help us distinguish between different types of social practices like customs, descriptive norms and social norms. Expectations and preferences can be measured, and these lectures explain how to measure them. Measurement is crucial to understanding the nature of the practice you are facing, as well as whether an intervention was or was not successful, and why. In Part 2, will help you to put into practice all the things that were learned in Part 1

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

WEEK1: 2 hours to complete

Interdependent & Independent Actions + Empirical Expectations

WEEK2: 2 hours to complete

Normative Expectations + Personal Normative Beliefs

WEEK 3:2 hours to complete

Conditional Preferences + Social Norms

WEEK4:4 hours to complete

Pluralistic Ignorance + Measuring Norms

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