Social Psychology: Why Can't We All Just Get Along – psy285 (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of social psychology—how people interact with and think about others. Students are able to explore and discuss topics such as self-concept, social perception and cognition, attitudes, social identity, interpersonal attractions, social influence, human aggression, and applications of social psychology.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Prejudice, Aggression, and Violence

  • Identify factors that influence aggressiveness.
  • Examine media's influence on aggression.
  • Identify sources of prejudice.


  • Determine factors that influence attraction.
  • Determine attributes of enduring and failed relationships.
  • Identify causes of conflict and methods for reconciliation.
  • Describe factors that influence altruism.

Social Psychology at Work

  • Summarize the personal impact of social psychology.
  • Create a social psychological profile.

Introduction to Social Psychology

  • Differentiate between causation and correlation.
  • Apply elements of experimental research to a scientific study.

Gender Roles and Social Influence

  • Evaluate the impact of biology and culture on gender differences.
  • Identify examples of conformity.
  • Determine how authority affects obedience.


  • Identify misconceptions created by self-serving biases.
  • Determine how social cognition influences self-concept.
  • Determine pros and cons of internal and external locus of control.
  • Differentiate between collectivism and individualism.

The Influence of Attitudes and Feelings

  • Identify the influence of confirmation bias on perception.
  • Discuss how beliefs generate confirmation.
  • Recognize the influence of behavior on attitudes.

Psychology of Group Dynamics

  • Explain symptoms of and remedies for groupthink.
  • Discuss the influence of deindividuation on behavior.
  • Discuss solutions to the problem of social loafing.
  • Discuss the power of minority influence in group decisions.

Social Influence

  • Apply elements of persuasion to an argument.
  • Formulate indoctrination and inoculation tactics.
  • Discuss behavior changes that result from the presence of others.

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