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Social Influence – Minority Influence

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About the Course

This course, by Professor Gordon Sammut (London School of Economics), explores minority influence. In the first module, we think about contrasting the influence of a minority to that of a lone individual. In the second module, we think about the concept of a minority presenting a legitimate alternative to the current way of thinking/acting. In the third module, we think about some minority influence processes, including three strategies of consistency, commitment, and flexibility. Next, we think about some key experimental evidence for minority influence. In the fifth and final module, we think about some ways in which majority and minority influence may or may not be differentiated.

About the Lecturer

Professor Gordon Sammut is a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Sammut’s research interests are in intercultural and intergroup relations, the theory of social representations and modalities of social influence. Professor Sammut’s recent publications include The Psychology of social Influence: Modes and Modalities of Shifting Common Sense (2021) and ‘Social Re-presentation for…’: An Action-Oriented Formula for Intergroup Relations Research (2020).

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