Theories, methods and research on the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations. Cross-listed as PSYC 360. Prerequisite: 6 hours of PSYC and/or SOCI courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
6 hours of PSYC and/or SOCI courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Myers, D.G (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
By Baron, R., Byrne, D., & Sears, D.O (Pearson) Recommended
By Taylor, S.E., Peplau, L.A., & Sears, D.O. (Pearson) Recommended
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.
Describe how social psychology differentiates itself from other psychological disciplines.
Discuss 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.
Discuss 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.
Theory and method in social psychology
Theory of self
Attribution theory and social cognition
Conformity, compliance, and obedience
Helping behavior and altruism
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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.