Social Psychology – psy400 (3 credits)

This course provides a unified view of the field of social psychology organized around the concepts of social influence and power and exchange in social life and explores in-depth human thoughts, feelings, and actions as influenced by other people.  Specific topics include socialization, perception of self and others, pro-social and anti-social behavior, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, and group behavior.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.


  • Examine the various motivations to engage in altruistic behavior.
  • Examine the concepts of philanthropy, social activism, and volunteerism in terms of the social exchange theory and pro-social behavior.

Social Psychology and The Self

  • Define social psychology.
  • Define the concept of the self in the social world.
  • Apply socialization concepts to personal development.
  • Explain the role of research in social psychology.

Social Beliefs, Judgments, and Attitudes

  • Describe the reciprocal relationship between behavior and attitudes.
  • Explain how individuals rationalize their behavior, using cognitive dissonance theory.
  • Discuss how behavior can be explained using attribution theory.

Group Influence

  • Define social influence.
  • Analyze the effect of group influence on the self.
  • Describe the related processes of norm formation and conformity.
  • Examine the concept of groupthink.

Persuasion and Conflict

  • Examine the elements of persuasion.
  • Assess the effects of persuasion on the individual.
  • Describe the elements of conflict resolution and peacemaking.

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