Social Psychology –


(3 credits)

This course covers the basic theoretical foundations and recurrent themes in social psychology, including attitudes, stereotyping, conformity, power, aggression, prosocial behavior, the social self, emotions, group dynamics, and inter-group relations. Emphasis is on recent empirical and theoretical developments and includes models of social cognition that are a focus of contemporary social psychological theories.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Social Psychology

  • Analyze the conceptual foundations of social psychology.
  • Explain the concept of situationism and the role that it plays in social psychology.
  • Explain the various aspects of the concept of the self, including self-concept, self-esteem, self-discrepancy and self-presentation.

The Self: Personology and Social Cognition

  • Analyze the influence that consonant and dissonant cognitions have on attitudes and behaviors.
  • Analyze the concept of persuasion as it relates to social psychology.

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Evaluate the concept of prosocial behavior.
  • Analyze the elements of attraction and intimacy within interpersonal relationships.
  • Analyze cognitive theories related to aggression and antisocial behavior.

Groups: Social Biases

  • Analyze the concept of social bias.
  • Explain the differences between subtle and blatant bias.
  • Evaluate strategies that can be used to overcome social biases.

Groups: Social Influence

  • Evaluate the effect of group influence on the self using classic and contemporary literature.
  • Compare and contrast conformity and obedience.

Applications of Social Psychology

  • Make connections between social psychology and other disciplines.
  • Discuss the utility of social psychology in the real world.

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