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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 360
Course Title: Social Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Theories, methods and research on the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations. Cross-listed as SOCI 360. Prerequisite: Six hours of PSYC and/or SOCI courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Six hours of PSYC and/or SOCI courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Social Psychology
By Myers, D.G. (McGraw-Hill)
Social Psychology
By Baron, R., Byrne, D., & Sears, D.O. (Pearson)
Social Psychology
By Taylor, S.E., Peplau, L.A., & Sears, D.O. (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To become acquainted with the discipline of social psychology.
  • To note how the discipline sees all behaviors as a function of the person and the environment across research area.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe how social psychology differentiates itself from other psychological disciplines.
  • Explain research and theory describing how individuals come to understand themselves, their beliefs and attitudes, and their own behaviors, as well as the behavior of others.
  • Identify the different ways individuals influence or attempt to influence on another (i.e.; constructions of gender and culture, conformity pressure, persuasive tactics, group dynamics), and be able to identify the specific factors that increase and/or decrease the likelihood of successful influence.
  • Describe how research and theory explains the origin and dynamics of both positive (i.e.; attraction, helping behavior) and negative (i.e.; prejudice, aggression) social relations.
    Topical Outline:
  • Theory and method in social psychology
  • Theory of self
  • Attribution theory and social cognition
  • Attitude theory
  • Conformity, compliance, and obedience
  • Persuasion
  • Group dynamics
  • Prejudice
  • Aggression
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Helping behavior and altruism
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Cheryl Hardy Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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