IB Psychology/Levels of Analysis/Sociocultural Level

Sociocultural LevelEdit

The sociocultural level is how the environment and the influences of other people interact to affect behaviour, such as conformity and compliance. There are 4 overarching headings in the sociocultural level, which together contain 15 learning outcomes, of which 8 are essays and 7 are 8 marks.

General Learning Outcomes
GLO1: Outline principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis.
GLO2: Explain how principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis may be demonstrated in research.
GLO3: Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the sociocultural level of analysis.
GLO4: Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the sociocultural level of analysis.
Sociocultural Cognition
SC1: Describe the role of situational and dispositional factors in explaining behaviour.
SC2: Discuss two errors in attributions.
SC3: Evaluate social identity theory, making reference to relevant studies.
SC4: Explain the formation of stereotypes and their effect on behaviour.
Social Norms
SN1: Explain social learning theory, making reference to two relevant studies.
SN2: Discuss the use of compliance techniques.
SN3: Evaluate research on conformity to group norms.
SN4: Discuss factors influencing conformity.
Cultural Norms
CN1: Define the terms “culture” and “cultural norms”.
CN2: Examine the role of two cultural dimensions on behaviour.
CN3: Using one or more examples, explain “emic” and “etic” concepts.