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PSY 211 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 211 – Social Psychology

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PSY 211 Social Psychology

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course is designed to help students understand and explain social-psychological phenomena.  Concepts such as conformity, fear, humor, gratitude, lying, selfishness and attitude, and impression formation are examined.  Various methods are applied to enable students to understand the behavior and thoughts of individuals and groups.  The course objective is to develop students’ ability to independently analyze social-psychosocial phenomena.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate foundational knowledge in social psychology with respect to various concepts, theories, and research methods;
  2. discuss the major research findings and theoretical perspectives in social psychology;
  3. describe how social psychologists view the world, think about, and study human behavior;
  4. describe the responsiveness of human behavior to changes in their social situations;
  5. identify the utility of social psychological approaches and knowledge to one’s own life experiences and apply social psychological phenomena to one’s own thinking, behavior, and relationships;
  6. describe the extent to which social behaviors are influenced by situational and interpretive factors and discuss the actual, imagined, or implied presence of how others influence one’s own behavior and how people think about, influence, and relate to one another;
  7. discuss the application of social psychological research and how it might be used to solve real-world problems and situations actually encountered in everyday life;
  8. apply social psychological research findings to traditional activities such as politics, religious practices, and everyday routine life; and
  9. critically evaluate social psychological phenomena (e.g., health-related issues and the law).