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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC515 Course ID: 4041 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a graduate level study of cultural issues and social influences on human functioning. Classic foundations combine with new research, recent methodological and up-to-date theoretical innovations to form the basis of a study that integrates scholarship and applied social psychology for everyday living.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course students will have:

CO1: Examined social influences that affect group and individual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors;

CO2: Appraised studies of conformity, obedience, and groupthink;

CO3: Examined strategies used to persuade and communicate;

CO4: Examined cognitive-social group processes influencing judgments and perceptions;

CO5: Analyzed causal models of human aggression;

CO6: Appraised strategies for reducing prejudice;

CO7: Examined mental processes associated with liking and loving; and

CO8: Analyzed methods of research in social psychology.


All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and adhering to the guidelines below:

  • Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
  • Arial or Times New Roman styles, 12 pt. font.
  • Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances.

All assignments completed in a narrative essay or composition format must follow APA guidelines. This course will require students to use the citation and reference style established by the American Psychological Association (APA), in which case students should follow the guidelines set forth in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

IMPORTANT: Students engaging in graduate studies are held to rigorous standards. Absolutely NO copying of any kind is allowed in this course. When reporting on what one reads in any published source, including the course text, paraphrasing (summarizing what was read and learned in one’s own words) and providing the source(s) is required. The Purdue Online Writing Lab website is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation. Any instance of copying of any kind will result in a score of zero for the first incident and course failure for any additional ones. Additional guidance from your instructor is provided as needed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Source citations are not required in the Forums (either Initial or Reply Posts).

Forum Discussions:
This course includes weekly discussions called Forums. For instructions for these assignments, go to the “Forums” button on the navigation menu in your classroom. When you click on it a list of weekly forums will open. To enter an active forum you just need to click on the topic title below the weekly forum; you will find the instructions by following the blue link titled “Read full instructions “ under the topic title. Read the directions carefully. Then you must respond to the postings of at least three classmates. You will have until Wednesday to post your “Initial Response”. You will then post a minimum of 3 replies to classmates of your choice by Sunday night of that week. Participation in forum assignments is graded and not optional. Any constructive feedback regarding point loss and how to avoid it in the future weeks will be entered in your personal gradebook where only you will see it.

Weekly Short Essays:

There will be six (6) weekly open-book, essay assignments covering the reading material and scheduled as noted in the course outline (approximately ½ page per response, for a total of 3 pages per assignment). Each essay assignment will consist of 5 multiple choice/short answer or essay questions, each of a different type, including conceptual and applied knowledge and based on assigned reading materials. Each answer is expected to convey, in short essay form, substantive and concise statements to convince your instructor that you have read, absorbed and fully comprehend the corresponding material. One sentence answers are not detailed enough to earn full credit. Detailed instructions are located in the classroom assignments area.

Mock IRB Application Exercise:

There will be one assignment due in two parts in two separate weeks (Pt. 1 due at the end of Week 4 and Pt. 2 due at the end of Week 8) requiring students to choose one of four published articles to read. Each article reports on a social psychological experiment that has already been conducted. After reading the chosen article, the student will complete a Mock Institutional Review Board (IRB) application as though the student were the Principal Investigator/Researcher seeking approval for the study to be conducted. In addition to completing the Mock application, the student will complete reflection questions asking him or her to reflect on the experience of completing the application. The Reflection portion of the assignment should be approximately three pages in length (excluding Title and References pages-if included). Detailed instructions are located in the classroom assignment area.

NameGrade %
FORUMS 32.00 %
Forum 1 5.33 %
Forum 2 5.33 %
Forum 3 5.33 %
Forum 5 5.33 %
Forum 6 5.33 %
Forum 7 5.33 %
Mock IRB Assignments 38.00 %
Mock IRB Application-Part 1 19.00 %
Mock IRB Application-Part 2 19.00 %
Weekly Short Essay 30.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week One 5.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week Two 5.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week Three 5.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week Five 5.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week Six 5.00 %
Weekly Short Essay: Week Seven 5.00 %
Book Title: Social Animal, 11th ed
Author: Aronson, Elliot / Aronson, Joshua
Publication Info: Worth Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9781429233415
Book Title: Readings About Social Animal, 11th ed
Author: Aronson, Elliot
Publication Info: Worth Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9781429233422
Book Title: The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email for confirmation of the start month.
Publication Info:

Book Title:Principles of Social Psychology (Links and required chapters provided through the course E-Reserve Accessible with this direct link-
Publication Info:University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.