Social influence: leadership, power, conformity and obedience

by Dr Clare Fenton and reviewed by Dr Ankur Agarwal

 

Social influence: leadership, power, conformity and obedienceLearning outcomes:

 

Through completing this module you should be able to:

 

  • name the main theories of social influence

     

  • describe how these theories are used to explain how people influence each other's behaviour.

     

  • describe the main theories of persuasion

     

  • describe the term 'group influence' and the main research into this area

     

  • analyse the different forms of 'diffusion of responsibility' on an individual’s behaviour

     

  • describe the difference between obedience and conformity

     

  • name the major studies into conformity and obedience

     

  • name the factors that impact on rates of conformity and obedience

     

  • compare the main theories of leadership and have some knowledge of the research that underpins them

     

  • name the different forms of power and be able to give examples of these in action.

 

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