psy285 | undergraduate

Social Psychology: Why Can't We All Just Get Along

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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.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Gender Roles and Social Influence

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

    Social Influence

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


    • Differentiate between collectivism and individualism.
    • 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.

    Psychology of Group Dynamics

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

    The Influence of Attitudes and Feelings

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

    Prejudice, Aggression, and Violence

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


    • 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.
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