cpss315 | undergraduate

Social Psychology

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This course provides a unified view of the field of social psychology as it relates to the development of criminogenic factors and criminal behavior. It presents the concepts of social influence and power and exchange in social life. Human thoughts, feelings, and actions as influenced by other people are explored.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Social Motivations

    • Examine various motivations to engage in altruistic behavior in the correctional setting.
    • Examine the application of the social exchange theory to the correctional setting.

    Introduction to Social Psychology

    • Describe the field of social psychology.
    • Describe the role of social psychology in aspects of the criminal justice system.
    • Explain the concept of the self in social psychology.

    Social Beliefs, Judgments, and Attitudes

    • Examine the role of attribution theory in explaining behavior.
    • Describe the relationship between attitudes and behavior.
    • Apply cognitive dissonance theory to criminal behavior.

    Social Influence

    • Examine the role of conformity and obedience in the correctional setting.
    • Analyze the role of different methods of social influence on criminal behavior.
    • Examine the effects of groupthink on criminal behavior.
    • Describe the different effects of persuasion in the correctional setting.

    Social Interactions, Relationships, and Behavior

    • Examine possible causes of conflict in the correctional setting.
    • Analyze the effects of prejudice and aggression on inmate relationships and behavior.
    • Describe how group influences affect social relationships.
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