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About the Course

This is a course on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. The course teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them, and how to decide whether they cause specific behaviors. The course is a joint Penn-UNICEF project, and it includes many examples of norms that sustain behaviors like child marriage, gender violence and sanitation practices. This is Part 1 of the Social Norms, Social Change series. In these lectures, I introduce all the basic concepts and definitions, such as social expectations and conditional preferences, that help us distinguish between different types of social practices like customs, descriptive norms and social norms. Expectations and preferences can be measured, and these lectures explain how to measure them. Measurement is crucial to understanding the nature of the practice you are facing, as well as whether an intervention was or was not successful, and why. In Part 2, we will put into practice all we have learned in Part 1. New! Please use this link for a 30% discount on the recommended book that accompanies this course!

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Mar 5, 2019

This course will open your eyes to different behavioural patterns that human engage in, teach how about the suppossed mudane but important things in our society and also how to carry out a research.


Jun 25, 2019

the course worth the time spent as there a lot of take away that are basically practical in our communities. I think in a whole I have learnt a lot and hope to undertake similar courses in due time

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By Thea A

Apr 20, 2020

Very interesting, good use of examples, I learnt a lot!

By Fariba B

May 15, 2022

One of the best courses I ever had, really enjoyed it.

By Fr N

Jan 24, 2017

Get in and make the most of this. Awesome in 1 word ;)

By Amol V

May 6, 2021

The course material is very informative and engaging.

By erica s

Sep 29, 2020

I learned a lot and it was flexible with my schedule!

By Hala K

Apr 26, 2020

A very interesting course, I enjoyed every bit of it.

By Oluoma M U

Nov 15, 2019

Very awesome course! Am grateful for the opportunity.

By Ghaidaa e s

Mar 1, 2020

the certificate shouldn't be that expensive though!!

By Natasha E

May 28, 2017

Enjoyed this course and looking forward to part 2!!!

By Mairi C

Apr 26, 2020

Very interesting and broken into manageable pieces.

By Angélica I T S

Apr 22, 2020

The videos are nice and the course is well rounded

By Edmund R

Oct 25, 2017

Great lecturer. Interesting topic. Super helpful.

By Peterclaver Y

Jan 18, 2022

very educative and the instructor was excellent.

By Khatima A

Nov 3, 2020

Both the instructor and the topic were awesome.

By Shumaila B

May 25, 2022

Great course. I learned alot from this couse.

By Natia J

Jul 22, 2018

Excellent course. Enjoyed so much! Thank you!

By Hitesh T

Sep 20, 2016

Nice compilation of lectures and case studies

By Felicia M

Mar 30, 2018

Very informative course....great professor!!

By Chambita 5

Jan 21, 2022

excelente curso, muy instructivo y practico

By Sára C

Nov 6, 2017

Enjoyable, informative, really interesting.

By Andreas T

Apr 13, 2019

Great course.

Looking forwards for part 2.

By Guillaume N

Jul 28, 2019

Well done, instructive, easy to follow.


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By Kairav S K

Apr 28, 2021

Interesting, easy to learn and useful

By Muhammad Z

Oct 12, 2020

I am not getting certificate by free.