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Department of Anthropology

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Lived Experiences

“Society” as it is subjectively experienced and understood by individuals.

The Social Construction of Reality

How individuals’ beliefs and meaning-making activities shape interpersonal behavior, relationships and ultimately social institutions.

Collective Behaviours

The study of crowds, fads, disasters, panics and social movements.

Deviance, Crime & Stigma

The social processes involved in defining others as deviant or criminal and the consequences of those processes at the level of interactions and identity.


The lifelong processes involved in learning how to interact in different social contexts.

Self & Identity

The social bases of selfhood; how individuals develop and express their sense of self in and through social interaction.

Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer: Opinion

Honours Social Psychology Alumnus Nathaniel Schutten, shares his opinion on the Canadian Parole System.

Apr 18, 2017

McMaster to Host 34th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference

May 17-19, 2017 - Registration now open.

Apr 12, 2017

McMaster group’s anti-racism initiative to unveil demands and take action

Social Psychology student Sarah Jama is hoping an anti-racism action plan she helped organize will lead to tangible steps to defeat racism in Hamilton.

Mar 27, 2017

Social Psychology capstone students annual poster fair

All Social Psychology students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2017 Capstone Poster Fair | Wed. March 22, 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to be held in the Great Hall of the University Club of McMaster

Mar 21, 2017

Social Psychology students take home awards

March 1, 2017, Social Psychology Students attended the 2015-2016 Faculty of Social Sciences Awards Ceremony.

Mar 06, 2017

Social Psychology welcomes Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor

From March 23 to 24, 2017, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University will be at McMaster as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Mar 06, 2017

Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology

How do people come to be who they are? How do people think about, influence and relate to one another? How do individuals experience their social realities? These are the broad questions that social psychology strives to answer. Among the themes that social psychology students explore are self-presentation and impression management, identity, emotions, social interaction, conformity and obedience, deviance and labeling, and collective action and social movements.

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