LSO460 - Social Psychology

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Subject Title
Social Psychology

Subject Description
It is universally recognized in art, literature, history and individual experience that human beings are social beings. Who we are, how we think, how we feel, and how we behave are all subject to the influence of the situation in which we find ourselves. Social psychology is the science that attempts to examine, describe, and explain the impact of social situations on individuals and on groups. This course will examine topics within the field such as how we see ourselves and others in a social context, how attitudes are formed and changed, and the power of social situations to influence our behaviour. Building on the knowledge the learner has of psychological research methodology, this course aims to improve the student's understanding of how psychologists study social influence and interaction. Both group and individual processes will be examined in depth to encourage critical analysis of a variety of theoretical viewpoints, and to develop the learner's ability to investigate and report on current perspectives in social psychology

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies elective credit towards a degree program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

. Identify and discuss the basic psychological theories, principles, and concepts explaining social cognition, attitude formation, group processes, pro-social behavior, aggression, conformity/obedience and stereotyping/prejudice, attraction, and self-understanding (Comprehension/Evaluation).
. Assess various theoretical perspectives that have arisen regarding social phenomena (Comprehension/Evaluation).
. Analyze everyday social situations using key concepts in social psychology (Comprehension/Application/Analysis).
. Examine how human behavior is influenced by such social factors as groups, authority figures, bias, gender roles, cognitive dissonance, etc. (Comprehension/Application).
. Analyze emerging ideas about social behaviour both individually and collaboratively. (Comprehension/Synthesis).
. Combine a critical understanding and increased knowledge of social behaviour by evaluating the implications of classic research in the key areas of social psychology (Comprehension/Synthesis/Evaluation).

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