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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 Ganga S

Nov 27, 2016

A real eye opener!!!

By Saurabh D

Mar 26, 2018

very comprehensive!

By Florien B

Apr 11, 2022

Excellente course

By Mehr U N J

Jun 11, 2020

Excellent course!

By Graziella D A B

Sep 19, 2019

Thank you so much

By Raymond K

Jun 25, 2018

very informative

By Pramila S

Apr 18, 2019

Helpful Indeed!

By Mario S

Nov 6, 2017

excelente curso

By Ibraheem F M M

Jun 30, 2017

It is wondefull


Aug 13, 2020

Clear and Fun!

By Bouhout A

Jul 23, 2017

Amazing course

By Daseul K

Jun 15, 2019

Good course!!

By Sourav B

Aug 13, 2017

Extremely val

By Rupa S

Aug 13, 2022

good ccourse

By Maylin M

Jan 7, 2021

Great course

By Wael G F S

Dec 22, 2018

Good Course

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Mar 10, 2019

very good!

By Hassan A A

Sep 11, 2018

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