The purpose of PSYC361: Social Psychology is to gain an understanding of what “social psychologists do!” To accomplish this, you will be shown the kinds of research questions that social psychologists ask (e.g., “Why does advertising work so well?” or “Why do mob riots occur?”).
Social psychologists try to figure out how the environment affects our behavior, and how our behavior affects our environment. To figure out the answers to these questions, social psychologists use a wide variety of research techniques, which you also will learn about.
You will learn about the classic experiments performed by famous social psychologists, who asked questions like “Why did the Nazis do what they did?” and “Why do we believe one thing and do another?”
Finally, by learning about the research questions and how social psychologists try to answer them, you will be able to see how various psychological concepts apply in your own lives.
What is Social Psychology?
Research Methods in Social Psychology
Attitudes and Behavior
Conformity and Obedience
Required Textbooks & Materials
David Myers and Jean Twenge (2016). Social Psychology, 12th ed. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill College
ISBN 10: 0077861973 or ISBN 13: 9780077861971
Lessons & Exams
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:
Each assignment contains a combination of multiple-choice questions and a journal entry. The journal entries or “logs” will represent how a social psychological concept reflects a real-world experience.
*Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams, is subject to change without notice.