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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 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 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: 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.
  • 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.
    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

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Cheryl Hardy Date: January 14, 2005
    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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