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Psychology 325: Social Psychology

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If you would like to see the New York Times "op doc" about Penn State and Joe Paterno.

If you would like to read more about gender differences and friendships, you might find the following studies interesting (thank you, Tori):

Berndt, T. J. (1982). The Feature and Effects of Friendship in Early Adolescence. Child Development, 53(6), 1447. doi:10.1111/1467-8624.ep8588412

Faris, R., & Felmlee, D. (2011). Status Struggles: Network Centrality and Gender Segregation in Same- and Cross-Gender Aggression. American Sociological Review, 76(1), 48-73. doi:10.1177/0003122410396196

Mikami, A. Y., Lerner, M. D., & Lun, J. (2010). Social context influences on children’s rejection by their peers. Child Development Perspectives, 4(2), 123-130. doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2010.00130.x

Crick, N. R., Casas, J. F., & Nelson, D. A. (2002). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of peer maltreatment: Studies of relational victimization. Current Directions In Psychological Science, 11(3), 98-101. doi:10.1111/1467-8721.00177

If you would like to read the New York Times piece about Amy Cuddy and "power poses", please click here.

Class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:50 am in Stevenson 3046.

Course Description:

This course offers a broad introduction to social psychology. We will explore the various ways in which people think about, influence and relate to one another. We also will consider how the immediate social situation shapes people's behavior and attitudes. The course includes topics such as conformity and obedience, attitudes and attitude change, social perception, aggression, prejudice, attraction, and romantic love. In each topic area, we will examine social-psychological theory and research and consider what this discipline can teach us about human behavior and our social world.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn key principles and concepts in social psychology.
  • Learn how social psychologists do what they do.
  • Apply social psychological principles and concepts to your own experience.

As a GE D1 course (Individual and Society), this course also is designed to contribute to the following SSU General Education learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how cultural diversity and social factors influence the individual, society, and social institutions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the interchange among individuals and social systems and institutions, and how these develop.
  • Apply social science perspectives to social issues and problems as manifested in individuals, groups, societies, and/or internationally.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the factors influencing inequality and social justice among individuals, groups, societies, and/or across nations.

Recommended Textbook:
Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D. & Akert, R.M. (2010). Social Psychology. Pearson/Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

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Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089

Course Assignments:
Course Project 1
Course Project 2
Course Project 3
Course Project 4
Implicit prejudice reflection assignment