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.
Explain the role of research in social psychology.
Define the concept of the self in the social world.
Apply socialization concepts to personal development.
Social Beliefs, Judgments, and Attitudes
Discuss how behavior can be explained using attribution theory.
Describe the reciprocal relationship between behavior and attitudes.
Explain how individuals rationalize their behavior, using cognitive dissonance theory.
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.
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.
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