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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!

Top reviews

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.

Aug 4, 2019

Achei o curso muito interessante e importante para entender a minha area de trabalho com certeza abso;uta irei implementar os conhecimentos adquiridos e estou pronta para entrar na 2 parte do curso

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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.


Oct 14, 2020


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.

By sonia c

Apr 13, 2019

a very interesting course.. thank you

By rafat A

Jul 26, 2017

The course is wonderful and helpful

By Catalina M

Mar 24, 2019

Thank you for the amazing course.

By Sean

Jul 26, 2019

incredibly useful and insightful

By Dehua G

Sep 23, 2017

Great course, great experience!!

By Iman A

Jan 5, 2017

Very useful and well-organized!


Mar 31, 2020

Merci au Pr Cristina Bicchieri

By khaled y a a

Jan 14, 2018

Very wonderful I learned a lot

By Mbia E B

Jan 16, 2017

Very very interesting lecture

By Rongpeng L

Jul 4, 2016

Very informative and logical.

By Chang1003

Mar 6, 2021

Clear and thought-provoking.


Aug 10, 2017


By Tali D

Jan 1, 2017

Great learning experience

By Tatiana F

Nov 18, 2021

T​his course is amazing!

By Laís A M

Aug 23, 2020

Great course, I like it!

By V S

Jul 5, 2021

very nice illustrations

By Trisha K

Aug 29, 2020

Very helpful & useful


Apr 18, 2020

Concise and meaningful

By Ahmed T

Oct 14, 2019

Insightful, thank you.