PSY3002 Special topics in Psychology II
This course will be given in the First Semester (October to January).
Meetings will be in the Washington Singer Laboratories. Dates and rooms
for meetings will be announced by early October; in 1999/2000 they will
be on Thursdays from 11 to 1 in room 241.
Programme of topics
The course will mainly be organized around a life-span approach. The current
draft of the programme is as follows: links are to the most recent updates
of relevant reading lists, which may not be the final versions for this
1. An introduction to the study of Economic Psychology
3. The early years: Economic
and young adulthood: Becoming an economic adult
6. Economic behaviour in maturity I: Buying,
saving, investing and owning
7. Economic behaviour in maturity II: Work,
leisure and unemployment
psychology in old age
9. The psychology of money
economics of happiness:
11. Revision seminar
The following sources are generally useful. Some of them are referred to
repeatedly in the reading lists, using the name or initials shown after
Earl, P.E., & Kemp, S. (1999). The Elgar Companion
to consumer research and economic psychology. Edward Elgar (Elgar)
Etzioni, A. (1988). The moral dimension. Free Press
Furnham, A., & Argyle, M. (1998). The psychology
of money. Routledge (FA)
Hargreaves Heap, S. et al, The theory of choice: A critical
guide. Blackwell (HH).......Roboro
Lewis, A., Webley, P. & Furnham, A. (1995). The New
Economic Mind: The Social Psychology of Economic Behaviour. Harvester (LWF).
Lane, R. E. (1991). The Market Experience. CUP. (Lane)
Lea, S. E. G., Tarpy, R. M., Webley, P. (1987). The Individual
in the Economy. C.U.P. (LWT)
Maital, S. (1982). Minds, Markets and Money. Basic Books.
Scitovsky, T. The Joyless Economy (O.U.P. 1976).
Sloman, J. (1997). Economics (3rd edition).
Van Raajj, W. F., Van Veldhoven, G. M. M. & Warner,
Y.D. (1989). Handbook of Economic Psychology. Kluwer. (HEP)
Webley, P., Burgoyne, C.B., Lea, S.E.G. & Young
, B.M. (in preparation). The Economic Psychology of Everyday Life. Routledge
The Journal of Economic Psychology. (JOEP).
Other abbreviations used in the reading lists:
BJ: Bound Journal - shelved in the periodicals section of the library
CJ: Current Journal - not available for loan, but may be read in the library
TRC: available in the Temporary Reserve Collection
Roboro: available in the Roborough reference collection, in the Old Library
SEd: available in the School of Education Library, Heavitree Road campus
Box: paper available in the Economic Psychology box in the Resource room
Students may write an essay under any of the following titles.
"The foundations of economic behaviour are laid down in the teenage years".
Do you agree?
Who gets into debt and why?
To what extent can possessions make people happy?
Does the psychology of money help us understand the possible futures of
Does experimental economics add to our understanding of individual economic
behaviour and if so, how?
Is there any evidence that “mental accounts” play a major role in individuals’
Evaluate the contributions to economic psychology of one or more of: Amitai
Etzioni, Richard Thaler, Robert Lane, George Katona, Gary Becker, Tibor
What has economic anthropology got that economic psychology needs?
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