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Social Psychology

PSY 251W

Social Psychology

PSY 251W

Course Description

Prerequisite: PSY 211W with a minimum grade of "C." Studies psychological factors underlying social behavior including conformity, group processes/interaction, aggression, altruism, interpersonal attraction, attitude formation, prejudice, discrimination, social perception, persuasion, conflict resolution, person perception, and diversity. Focuses on fundamental ways in which social interactions shape thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviors. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Explain the purpose and scope of social psychology as a science.

Objectives:

  • Differentiate social psychology from other subfields of psychology by explaining the central themes in social psychology.
  • Analyze research strategies used by social psychologists and explain how bias is avoided.
  • Apply social psychological principles to everyday life situations and experiences.
  • Explain how diversity influences social behavior and interactions and examine the rewards and challenges associated with diversity.

Analyze influences on social perception.

Objectives:

  • Describe major influences on self-perception.
  • Examine influences on and developmental aspects of social beliefs and judgments.
  • Analyze and apply theories regarding the relationship between attitudes and behavior.

Explain how the presence of others affects attitudes, personal beliefs, and behavior.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate research and analyze influences on conformity and obedience.
  • Differentiate between central and peripheral routes to persuasion and analyze how they influence persuasion among individuals, from the media, and within social groups.
  • Explain how emotions, behavior, and opinions are affected by the presence of others.

Analyze theories associated with social relations and pro-social and aggressive behavior.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the types and origins of prejudice and discrimination, how they affect individuals and groups, and how they can be reduced and prevented.
  • Evaluate major influences on and explanations of aggression and explain how it can be mediated and reduced.
  • Describe types of love and the determinants of attraction, love, and relationships.
  • Evaluate factors that lead to and increase pro-social behavior.

Perform writing tasks to demonstrate learning of social psychology concepts.

Objectives:

  • Apply principles and theories through the completion of projects and/or written reports.
  • Reflect upon learning through in-class and out-of-class writing opportunities.