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PSYC 2107

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To Social Psychology
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None
Catalog Description
An introductory, non-laboratory based examination of the influences of social and cultural factors on individual behavior and psychological functioning. Among the topics covered in the course are social psychological research methods, the relationship between self-knowledge and social influence, social cognition, conformity, obedience, aggression, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, affiliation, persuasion, attitude formation and change, group processes, helping and altruism, and conflict and conflict resolution. The course will include an examination of cultural influences on individual behavior and psychological functioning

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify the major theories, principles, and methods of social psychology. 2. Identify the characteristics of social situations and the ways in which social situations affect attitudes and behaviors. 3. Understand how cultures reflect core values and influence everyday behavior. Identify how cross-cultural research can be conducted. 4. Discuss whether gender is an aspect of the person, of the situation, or of an interaction between the two, and the ways in which culture influences gender. 5. Discuss how groups, as situations, influence how we think about and act in different situations. 6. Identify the extent to which our thinking patterns are scripted or biased and how our automatic judgments affect our feelings and behavior. 7. Identify how social factors affect our self-concept and social behaviors. 8. Discuss why people so often do what others want them to (even when it goes against their better judgment). Describe how "mindless" persuasion works. 9. Identify situational factors that influence conformity and obedience. Describe Asch’s and Milgram’s classic research in these areas. 10. Discuss how social psychologists define love and identify factors that influence initial attraction to others. Identify how friendships and romantic relationships change over time. 11. Describe how situational and interpretive factors influence why and when people provide help to others.
12. Discuss how situational factors increase people’s likelihood to act aggressively and identify constructive ways to express anger. 13. Define prejudice and discrimination and identify social psychological factors that contribute to them. Identify the effects of prejudice and discrimination. 14. Define conflict, identify the social psychological factors that contribute to it, and discuss effective methods of conflict resolution.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows: A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handouts, and assigned journal articles. B. Students develop their listening skills by listening to lectures, videotapes, and other students (during group discussions and problem-solving exercises). C. Students develop their writing skills through written homework assignments, papers, and/or writing essays as part of exams. D. Students develop their speaking skills by asking questions, through class discussions, and/or through oral reports to the class. II. This course addresses the general educational outcome of demonstration of effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills by requiring students to apply knowledge gained from the course to analyzing and solving the types of problems that are often encountered in real life. III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to list and describe the research methods used to study social influences on individual behavior and psychological functioning and to explain the ethical issues that must be considered in connection with this type of research. IV. This course addresses the general educational goal that students should be able to apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment by through its focus on social and cultural influences on behavior and psychological functioning.

Course Content
1. Major theories and research methods in social psychology.
2. Attitude formation and change.
3. Self concept and its relationship to social factors.
4. Social cognition
5. Conformity and obedience
6. Aggression
7. Prejudice and discrimination
8. Interpersonal attraction
9. Helping behaviors and altruism
10. Conflict and conflict resolution
11. The effects of culture on individual behavior and psychological functioning.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade: class participation, homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams. Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer. All instructors must give a MINIMUM of two exams for the course, including the final exam. Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.

A. This course will be assessed each term in which it is taught. Objective questions assessing student mastery of outcomes for this course will be included in either the final exam or unit tests for this course. Each instructor must include these questions in the appropriate exam. Each instructor is responsible for reviewing and tabulating the results of these outcome assessment questions and transmitting them to the course or curriculum committee responsible for this course. Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate their own teaching practices. B. The construction of the outcome assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Psychology Curriculum Committee.

The Psychology Curriculum Committee will meet in the term after the assessment to review the course and to evaluate the results. The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis. If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on questions measuring any particular educational outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying. The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all faculty teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument as appropriate

Last Revised: Apr. 08, 2010
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