Social Identity Formation
Take the CourseSocial Identity Formation
Start Date13 May 2024
End Date23 June 2024
Social identity formation refers to identity development within community and social settings. Explore patterns that influence people’s choices within key areas of life, such as community and social settings.
The Social Identity Formation micro-credential course explores the power of social influence and looks at key factors that influence the formation of an individual’s social identity. This identity in turn influences an individual’s decision-making and social behaviour.
During this 6-week course, you will identify patterns that influence people’s choices within community and social settings. These key factors involve issues of obedience, conformity, roles, and behaviour within a social context.
In this micro-credential prosocial behaviour is investigated with a focus on how it can assist with helping others. Learn about antisocial behaviours and how they can lead to aggression and violence.
This course explores different types of relationships, maintaining relationships, types of attachment, and the personal and social effects of relationships.
Lastly, gain an understanding of how social context influences sexual attitudes and behaviours as well as how social influences impact health and well-being.
Time commitment per week
An average of 10 – 13 hours weekly.
Is this course for you?
If you want to understand the power of social influence and how it can affect self-development and identity – then this micro-credential is for you.
What is social identity?
Social identity is an individual’s self-concept based on their membership in social groups.
- Class of 2024 May: 13 May – 23 June
- Class of 2024 August: 12 August – 22 September
There are no online classes. Course content is released on a weekly basis allowing you to work through the course material, and meet weekly targets, at a time that is most convenient to you.
Upon completion, you will receive a digital certificate of competence and badge. Your certificate and badge can be shared on 100+ social media platforms, allowing you to share your achievement with a single click.
The OpenLearning team has reviewed this course to ensure quality academic learning within the Malaysian and Australian credentialing framework.
An OpenLearning OpenCred is a type of credential that can stand-alone or interact with a formal qualification. OpenCred courses are market-leading online courses that prepare learners for the future of work.
This course has been designed and developed by experts in the field of psychology. The Social Identity Formation micro-credential is for anyone needing to upskill in this area and offers 40 hours of learning and assessment.
Learners study online with peers and receive robust academic content while acquiring practical industry-relevant skills.
Completing this course leads to obtaining an OpenCred.
- 40 hours of learning
- OpenCred classification: Pathway
Stack specified combinations of SACAP Global micro-credentials and they can be recognised as equivalent to a module within our degree programme at SACAP South Africa.
Social Identity Formation can be stacked with Social Influences on Human Behaviour and recognised as equivalent to a module within the Bachelor of Applied Social Science Degree.
If you meet the minimum entrance criteria, you can enrol for the degree and apply for module exemption.
What You’ll Need
- Access to Microsoft Word
- Google Chrome (recommended)
- Stable internet connection
What You’ll Learn
Over the course of six (6) weeks, through videos, readings and discussions, you will explore the following topics:
Week 1: The foundational concepts of human behaviour within a social context, more popularly known as social psychology.
Week 2: The concept of the self, becoming self-aware, the origin of self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-presentation within a social context.
Week 3: Social cognition and other related concepts, emotions and mood (both of which can be referred to as affect).
Week 4: Introduction to the ways in which you make initial and often intuitive impressions of others and then later possibly make more considered judgments.
Week 5: Attitudes, beliefs, consistency, stereotypes, prejudice and intergroup relations.
Week 6: Undertake a summative assessment that captures all the key learning outcomes for this course.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the history of human behaviour within a social context.
- Describe the formation of the self in a social context.
- Define the concepts of social cognition, emotion, affect and their influence in shaping one’s attitude and behaviour, inclusive of the self, social identity, and social comparisons.
- Analyse the distinctiveness of social perceptions and their influence in shaping social behaviour.
Our short course developers and assessors are expert practitioners. They have been selected for the breadth and depth of experience in their respective disciplines. The team loves sharing their knowledge and online learning expertise to help you get the most out of your learning journey.
Explore human behaviour and the development of your social identity.
Understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by others.
Learn how individuals form opinions, make decisions, and respond to social stimuli.