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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024
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PSYC 2600 - Social Psychology

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 

Social psychology is the scientific study of the effects of social and cognitive processes on the way individuals perceive, relate to, and influence others.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe social psychology’s research methods, with reference to key experiments in the field.


  1. Compare and contrast correlational and experimental research methods.
  2. Discuss the design, results, and conclusions of major studies by major social psychologists (e.g., Asch, Milgram, Zimbardo, etc.).

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the fundamental principles of social cognition and social affect.


  1. Discuss the sources and uses of social knowledge.
  2. Describe the ways in which emotions inform us about our social relationships.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the personal and situational factors that contribute to the individual’s perception of the self, other individuals, and groups.


  1. Compare and contrast self‐concept, self‐esteem, social comparison, and social identity.
  2. Describe the basic principles of impression formation and attribution.
  3. Discuss the factors that influence social group process and performance.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the processes of social influence at work in attitude formation, persuasion, conformity, and obedience.


  1. Describe the variables that affect attitude strength, attitude‐behavior relationships, and attitude change.
  2. Outline the person and situation factors that determine the effectiveness of persuasion.
  3. Compare and contrast conformity and obedience with respect to the person and situation variables that influence each.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the personal and situational factors that play a role in social interaction, including attraction, prosocial behavior, aggression, and group performance and decision‐making.


  1. Discuss the personal and situational variables that influence the behavior of individuals in a given social interaction.
  2. Identify examples of the influence of gender and culture on social interaction.
  3. List two methods for developing a social‐responsibility norm.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.


  1. Discuss stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination with regard to the relative influences of person and situation factors in each.
  2. Identify the impact of both social cognition and social affect in the development and prevention of stereotyping and prejudice.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction to social psychology
  2. Research methods
  3. Social cognition
  4. Social affect
  5. The self
  6. Attitudes and behavior
  7. Persuasion
  8. Perceiving others
  9. Social influence
  10. Attraction
  11. Prosocial behavior
  12. Aggression
  13. Groups
  14. Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination

Primary Faculty
Wakevainen, Edythe
Secondary Faculty
Karlis, Lynda
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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