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Social Psychology




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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.


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Social Psychology

  • 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.

Group Influence

  • 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.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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