PSYC2319 - Social Psychology
Catalog Description: Theories of the effects of individual behavior on the social environment and vice-versa. Topics include attitude formation and change, interpersonal relations and group processes.
Prerequisite(s): Psych 2301 or Soci 1301
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours / Week: 3
Contact Hours / Semester: 48
State Approval Code: 4216015140
Basic Intellectual Competencies (The following reflect the state-mandated competencies taught in this course.):
- Critical Thinking
- Computer Literacy
Perspectives (The following reflect the state-mandated perspectives taught in this course.):
- Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
- Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
- Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
- Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
Exemplary Objectives (The following reflect the state-mandated exemplary objectives taught in this course.):
Social and Behavioral Sciences: The objective of a social and behavioral science component of a core curriculum is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
- To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
- To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
- To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
- To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.
General Course Objectives:
- To introduce students to the primary concepts of social psychology.
- To familiarize students with the connections between the individual and the social world.
- To assist students in developing an individualized plan for social influence
Specific Course Objectives:
- To assist students in understanding the role of social psychology in understanding their daily lives.
- To assist students in applying the principles of social psychology to life situations.
- Students will attend lectures and class discussions & activities on a variety of topics including:
- stereotyping & prejudice
- cultural diversity
- cognitive dissonance & dissonance reduction
- attitude formation and change
- obedience and conformity in society
- group dynamics
Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery:
As a traditional classroom course, the student's experience will vary with the instructor. Lectures and reading assignments will be augmented with research projects and multimedia including powerpoint and video. Critical thinking and the ability to work in a group are important.
Faculty may assign projects to be completed both inside and outside the classroom. Final grades will be based on exams, papers and class participation as well as individual and group assignments.
Texts, Materials, and Supplies:
TEXT: Social Psychology & Human Nature by Baumeister & Bushman