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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 Adam K

Feb 26, 2017

Challenging but highly informative and beneficial to have learned it.

By Caroline F

Nov 7, 2021

very interesting and insightful course engaging lots of reflection

By Loïc D

Oct 6, 2017

Really great course. Very interesting. Highly recommended for all!

By Малышева Е В

Jun 27, 2018

Крутой и полезный курс! Доступным языком объяснены ключевые темы.

By Mausumi S

Sep 6, 2018

The Course is a proper insight of Social Norms and SocialChange.

By Abhishek S

Dec 7, 2017

Very nice course recommended for Behaviour change professionals.

By Ashish J

Jul 28, 2017

It really helped me to develop understanding on Social Behavior.

By Sadia R J

Jul 12, 2020

It’s a great course. We can Learn so many things about society.

By Cinthia C

Apr 8, 2019

Excelente curso, muy orientado a mis necesidades profesionales.

By Mahendra K D

Mar 10, 2020

I do not know why it was so tough for me. I feel happy anyway.

By Marie B d R G

Jul 8, 2020

The lecturer was great and I learned a lot from the examples.

By C M M C

Jul 6, 2020

Very helpful. Have better understanding in a given community.

By Nilufar A

May 5, 2022

need for further improvement via making visualization better

By Danit L T

Sep 19, 2020

Very interesting topics and good introduction to this study.

By Doris A

Jul 17, 2020

Very clear lectures with research findings and their sources

By Paramjit S

Jun 12, 2019

great learning experience...try practice in my research work

By Lorena G N V

Oct 21, 2018

What a fascinating subject! I could dedicate myself to this!

By alix r

Jul 19, 2017

Amazing course, very well designed and delivered. Thank you!

By Arupa S

Feb 9, 2017

Its an excellent course and a must do for everyone in UNICEF

By kanchan g

Oct 7, 2021

Excellent deatiled notes that give insights of the topic...


Jan 8, 2020

was great!!! I understand at different way network behavior

By Sandhya S

Apr 3, 2017

its really wonderful course.

Its give direction to thinking

By Alexandra-Elena L

Jun 16, 2022

Great course, wonderfully explained, I have learned a lot!

By Dean M

Sep 29, 2019

Learned a lot from the class and looking forward to Part 2

By Gyorgy C S

Jul 19, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this class, looking forward to PART 2!