PSYCH 350

(Psych-Soc) Introduction to Social Psychology

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Conformity and obedience; socialization, norms, roles; attitudes, leadership, group processes.

When Taught

All Semesters/Terms

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Note

Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Offered by BYU Independent Study; enroll anytime throughout the year; one year to complete; additional tuition required; register at is.byu.edu.

Title

1. Unique contribution of social psychology

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify the unique contribution of social psychology to social science, situating the discipline within the larger domain of psychology and contrasting it with related disciplines, such as sociology. Measurement: Multiple choice tests, short essays.

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2. Research methods and ethics

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to understand the use of surveys, laboratory and field experiments in conducting social psychological research, and understand the ethical principles of informed consent, deception and debriefing when conducting research with human participants. Measurement: Multiple choice tests, short essays.

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3. Substantive areas of inquiry

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify substantive areas of social psychological inquiry, including the self, person perception, attitudes and persuasion, group processes, stereotyping and prejudice, interpersonal attraction, helping behavior and aggression. Measurement: Multiple choice tests, short essays.

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4. Contributions of major thinkers and contributors

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify and explain the contributions of major thinkers and contributors of classic and contemporary theory and research in social psychology, such as Leon Festinger and Stanley Milgram. Measurement: Multiple choice tests, short essays.

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5. Applications of social psychology

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify how social psychological theory and research have been applied to domains outside the discipline, such as in health settings and the law. Measurement: Multiple choice tests, short essays.