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PSY403 : Social Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

The course examines a number of significant issues related to social thinking (eg social beliefs, attribution, social cognition and social identity), social influence (eg cultural influences, persuasion, conformity, and group influence), and social relations (eg prejudice, attraction, aggression, conflict resolution and altruism).Social psychology looks at a wide range of social topics, including group behavior, social perception, leadership, nonverbal behavior, conformity, aggression, and prejudice. Social psychology is not just about looking at social influences. Social perception and social interaction are also vital to understanding social behavior. The subject will make you better individual by understanding of societal norms and values so you can effectively survives in society and becomes a fruitful member of society.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Gain insight into the social psychological nature of everyday human behavior.
  • Get benefits from one’s own relationships and services as a friend, relative, roommate, neighbor, and co-worker.
  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge in social psychology (concepts, theories, research methods), assessed through journal writings and research article reviews.
  • Apply the social psychological phenomena to one's own thinking, behavior, and relationships.
  • Recognize the extent to which social behaviors are influenced by situational and interpretive factors.

Course Calendar

Introduction to social psychology1,2Handouts4-10
Conducting research in social psychology3, 4Handouts11-19
Conducting research in social psychology research process, designs and methods5Handouts20-23
Conducting research in social psychology observational method6Handouts24-25
Correlational method7Handouts26-28
Assignment 01
Experimental method8Handouts29-34
The self9,10,11,12Handouts35-48
Quiz 01 (after lecture 11)
Person Perception13, 14Handouts49-53
Assignment 02 (after lecture 13)
Person perception: when person perception is most challenging15Handouts54-59
Attribution errors17Handouts63-65
Social cognition18, 19Handouts66-72
Attitude formation21Handouts75-76
Attitude and behavior22Handouts77-78
Mid-Term Examination
Attitude change23, 24Handouts79-87
Prejudice and discrimination25, 26Handouts88-94
Assignment 03 (after lecture 25)
Reducing prejudice and discrimination27Handouts95-98
Interpersonal attraction28, 29Handouts99-105
Intimate relations30Handouts106-110
Social influence31, 32, 33Handouts111-121
Quiz 02 (after lecture 31)
Aggression34, 35Handouts122-131
GDB (after lecture 34)
Reducing aggression36Handouts132-134
Pro social behavior37, 38Handouts135-144
Quiz 03 (after lecture 37)
Group behavior39, 40, 41Handouts145-159
Quiz 04 (after lecture 40)
Interpersonal power: leadership42Handouts160-164
Social psychology applied: social psychology in court43Handouts165-169
Social psychology applied: social psychology in clinic44Handouts170-175
Final review45Handouts176-179
Final Term Examination
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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