This course will focus on presenting the fundamental principles underlying social influences upon human behavior, such as: attitudes and attitude change, socialization, communication, group dynamics, inter-group relations as influenced by social structure and individual personality, cognition, and emotional factors. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Discuss experiments and other empirical research in the field of social psychology.
- Examine the role of seminal research studies in social psychology; citing basic methodology, results, and impact. (Milgram's study, Asch's study, Festinger's study, etc.).
- Explain how the notion of the "self" contributes to cognitive processes in social interaction.
- Discuss the main research findings in the area of social persuasion.
- Define the term "attitude" and identify the mechanisms behind attitude change.
- Examine group processes and social facilitation.
- Analyze the cognitive and affective theories/components linked to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
- Identify the basic properties and factors involved in interpersonal attraction and the formation and maintenance of relationships.
- Compare and contrast different types of aggression and discuss research techniques for studying aggressive behaviors.
- Identify factors that affect a person's decision to help or not help other people.
- Apply social psychology to health, law, business, and environmental issues.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Postings (Weeks 1-8 @ 2 pts each)
Critical Thinking Exercises (Weeks 1-8 @ 2 pts each)
Annotated Bibliography (Week 2)
Final Paper Outline (Week 3)
Final Paper (Week 7)
Required TextbooksAvailable through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
- Bordens and Horowitz, Social Psychology. 5th ed. Academic Media Solutions, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781942041313
Note: This accelerated 8-week course will cover 12 chapters of the textbook; therefore, this course will be very demanding at times. Each week, students will need to contribute to the discussion board and post a minimum of 3 substantive posts for each discussion board forum/chapter.
For each chapter:
- The first post to three questions is due by Wednesday, 11:59pm
- The second post to one peer is due by Friday, 11:59pm
- The third post to a second peer is due by Sunday, 11:59pm.
In addition, for each chapter students will also complete a 300-500-word critical thinking assignment.
Critical thinking assignments for each week to be completed by Sunday,11:59pm.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introducing Social Psychology and Methodology
Topic: Social Cognition and Social Perception
Topics: The Self and the Need to Justify Our Actions
Topic: Attitudes and Conformity
Topic: Group Processes and Interpersonal Attraction
Topic: Prosocial Behavior and Aggression
Topics: Prejudicial Behavior
Topics: Self Assessment and Social Psychology in Action
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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