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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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
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.
- Compare and contrast correlational and experimental research methods.
- 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.
- Discuss the sources and uses of social knowledge.
- 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.
- Compare and contrast self‐concept, self‐esteem, social comparison, and social identity.
- Describe the basic principles of impression formation and attribution.
- 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.
- Describe the variables that affect attitude strength, attitude‐behavior relationships, and attitude change.
- Outline the person and situation factors that determine the effectiveness of persuasion.
- 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.
- Discuss the personal and situational variables that influence the behavior of individuals in a given social interaction.
- Identify examples of the influence of gender and culture on social interaction.
- 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.
- Discuss stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination with regard to the relative influences of person and situation factors in each.
- Identify the impact of both social cognition and social affect in the development and prevention of stereotyping and prejudice.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- 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.
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Introduction to social psychology
- Research methods
- Social cognition
- Social affect
- The self
- Attitudes and behavior
- Perceiving others
- Social influence
- Prosocial behavior
- Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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