This course introduces students to historical and contemporary theories of social psychology, key theorists’ contributions to the field of and practical applications of theoretical concepts in the real world of the individual functioning in group settings. The focus of study includes social judgments and decisions, attitudes and perception, social influence, attraction, aggression, altruism and group pressure and their influences on human behavior, cognition and emotion, along with exposure to the methods of social scientists who study group influence on human behavior in the field.
1. Define the science of social psychology and its key concepts
2. Examine theories undergirding the science of social psychology
3. Explain the constructs of bias, prejudice and stereotypes
4. Describe influences on human aggression and helping behaviors
5. Identify cultural factors impacting the direction of human behavior, cognition, emotions occurring in social settings
6. Recognize seminal and contemporary research focused on social psychological phenomenon
7. Analyze in course level appropriate writing knowledge of selected and synthesized findings within a body of published works focused on the discipline of social psychology
The Observational Analysis Assignment requires students to conduct an informal naturalistic observation for one day keeping a detailed log of their observations. Students will then create a written paper analyzing their observations highlighting the social psychological concepts we have learned thus far. Instructions and details for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page.
The Popular Media Application Assignment requires students to either view a film or read a book (popular media only; not academic) and then analyze how the plot, characters, or themes included in the popular work relate to a specific concept(s) discussed in the course readings. Instructions and details for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page.
The Ethics Worksheet requires students to read a description of and/or research three of ten classic experiments in social psychology. The student is then required to answer a series of questions related to the methodology used, the results, and the ethics of the experiments. Instructions and details for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page.
The Discussion Forums require participation in weekly interactive dialogs with classmates in the graded discussion of course relevant topics. Forums are graded scholarly dialogs with both general posting and topic focus requirements.
There is also a Midterm (week 4) and a Final Exam (week 8) in this course. You can find details about these assessments in the Test and Quizzes area of the classroom.
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