This semester I revamped my courses in Advanced Social Psychology and Judgment and Decision Making at the psychology UG program at University of Hong Kong to focus on "Doing more good; Doing good better", using EA as the baseline paradigm to exploring psychological science in social psychology and judgment and decision making.
You can see the syllabi here:
In their first task, submitted this week, the students collaboratively wrote first draft of books. The books are open for viewing and commenting, ad you're VERY welcome to browse and give feedback.
The way this course is structured followed the Problem-based Learning approach, where the focus is the student's journey of learning, discovering, and figuring something out. Therefore, all tasks have two stages, the first allows students to receive feedback and then to improve and resubmit an updated version at the end of the semester.
Keep in mind: 1) This is a 1st draft for feedback, final submission will be end of semester. 2) This is the 1st year I'm running this. Students (and I) still figuring things out. We'll improve with time. 3) These are UGs. Please be gentle, kind, & constructive, try & remember your days as UG.
The two books are available in the following links:
- Effective Altruism using Psychological Science collaborative book
- Influence, persuasion, and behavioral change for doing good collaborative book
To aid students in their journey, I also started two related resources, which I'll keep updating as the students indicate what they're missing:
- Effective Altruism resources collaborative guide.
- Evaluating scientific evidence collaborative guide.
What did students cover?
In the EA psychological science book:
- Maximizing good through career choice
- Animal Welfare
- Climate change
- Existential threats
- Global Poverty
- Emerging Technologies
- Evaluations of charity impact/effectiveness
- Addressing impediments to charitable giving
In the Behavioral Change for Good book:
- Social proof and social norms
- Pledges and pre-commitment: Social and public
- Persuasion techniques: DITF, FITD, Low-ball
- Goal reference points (+Motivation)
Their next tasks will build on these foundations to make this more practical:
- Social Psychology: Evaluating charities in the different domains, to see whether there's something we can contribute to these directions with social psychological science.
- JDM: Designing an intervention - applying findings to social challenges - Donations and charitable giving.
The final task will be about overcome impediments to charitable giving and a competition of interventions with real pre-registered data collection comparing the different interventions by the teams.
All my teaching materials are shared publicly, lectures included, so you're welcome to use those as you wish (CC-by): https://osf.io/cyvtb/
The lectures this year are focused on leveraging the Effective Altruism paradigm, especially in the Social Psychology course, and you can watch some of the interaction and download the slides content in the link above or on the YouTube channel (which has chapters that are easier to browse).
We would like to learn from the EA community.
You're welcome to have a look at our tasks, syllabi, and lectures, browse and comment on the first draft books they submitted this week , and give suggestions and feedback on those and our upcoming tasks. This is all a learning journey, and we're testing things out.