Social Norms, Social Change MOOC
Create beneficial norms, eliminate harmful ones:
Join UNICEF and the Univeristy of Pennsylvania for the Social Norms, Social Change MOOC
Free and open to anyone interested in positively transforming societies
This online course explores social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It considers the nature of social norms, how they are formed, how they are supported by expectations, and how they are part of a web of other norms & values that define a local culture.
The course then moves to practical questions such as: How do collective expectations support social practices? What happens when legal rules and social norms are in conflict? And how can legal, informational and community engagement strategies be integrated to reach the critical threshold for achieving change?
Drawing from UNICEF’s experience in the field, it includes many examples of norms that sustain behaviors like child marriage, gender violence and poor sanitation practices.
The course is led by Cristina Bicchieri, the S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.