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Course level: Undergraduate
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.
- PSY/203 - Foundations of Psychology or equivalent
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Define social psychology.
- Apply contemporary theories of social psychology to personal and professional development.
- Explain the role of research in social psychology.
Attribution, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
- Explain the development of the self in the social world.
- Describe how behavior can be explained using attribution theory.
- Describe the reciprocal relationship between behavior and attitudes.
Influence, Power, and Persuasion
- Examine the elements of persuasion.
- Apply the elements of persuasion to leadership styles.
- Assess the effects of persuasion on the individual.
- Analyze the effect of group influence on the behavior.
- Describe the stages of group development.
- Differentiate between the related processes of obedience, compliance, norm formation, groupthink, and conformity.
Altruism and Peacemaking
- Describe the elements of conflict resolution and peacemaking.
- Explain how individuals rationalize their behavior, using cognitive dissonance theory.
- Examine philanthropy, social activism, and volunteerism in terms of the social exchange theory and pro-social behavior.
- Analyze motivations behind heroic, altruistic, and social loafing or bystander behaviors.