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Psychological Science: Social Psychology

PSYS 130 OL1 (CRN: 61471)

3 Credit Hours

About PSYS 130 OL1

An introduction to theory and research on the science of how one's situation influences individual thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.



Dates: May 22 - June 30, 2017

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Course Overview This survey course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the major research and theoretical foundations of social psychology and the application of social psychological concepts to everyday life. The course will cover significant theories, experiments, and themes within the field of social psychology, illustrating the powerful influence of situational factors on human behavior and interpersonal relations.

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Department of Psychological Science Learning Goals and This Class In addition to the preceding course objectives, the following departmental goals specifically pertain to this course: • Departmental Learning Goal 1: Students are provided with the tools to master core concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the field of social psychology. In this class, we will read, evaluate, and discuss the findings of both classic and contemporary social psychological research. • Departmental Learning Goal 2: Students should be able to critically evaluate and interpret primary and secondary literature in the field of social psychology. We will begin the course with a review of social psychological research methodology, which we will utilize throughout the course to evaluate both classic and contemporary research examples. Included in your assigned readings are several brief empirical journal articles. In addition to reviewing research described in the text and other sources throughout the semester, we will evaluate and discuss these primary sources in detail, focusing on methodology and implications of the findings. • Departmental Learning Goal 3: Students should be able to access and communicate psychological material effectively, both orally and in writing. Exams, assignments and discussions will focus on developing your ability to recognize, evaluate, relate, and apply social psychological concepts to everyday experiences, real-world events, and hypothetical scenarios. Students are encouraged to think creatively about concepts, generating novel examples and explaining social psychological ideas in “layman’s terms” both in assignments and class discussions. Writing assignments and other class contributions are evaluated based on students’ ability to accurately apply material, as well as their ability to clearly and succinctly convey concepts while adhering to assignment guidelines.




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