PSYC2320 Social Psychology

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 5 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences. Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding how people influence, and are influenced by the others around them. This course is an introduction to the research methods, empirical findings and the perspectives of social psychology. The course covers topics such as: Social Attribution and Social Cognition, The Social Self, Social Influence, Group Processes, Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships, Altruism, Aggression, Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the major concepts and theoretical approaches in psychological social psychology such as self-perception theory, attribution theories, and cognitive dissonance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and ethical responsibilities in social psychological research, and in psychology.
  • Critically evaluate research in psychological social psychology.
  • Apply social psychological theories or concepts to ¿real world¿ and/or personal examples.
  • Analyze oneself and others as social beings subject to situational influences.
  • Relate social behavior to cultural context.
  • Relate social behavior to biological and evolutionary factors.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other