Social Psychology – psych555 (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.

Applications of Social Psychology

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

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

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.

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 Influence

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

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