This course is designed as an in-depth exploration into the field of social psychology. Topics including impression formation, inter- and intra-group processes, social identity, attitudes/persuasion, social influence, group dynamics, and interpersonal attraction will be discussed. In addition to these topic areas, overarching themes and theoretical issues within the field of social psychology will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will become familiar with the research that has contributed to the current social psychological knowledge base.
By the end of the semester students should (a) be able to read, understand, and critique the primary social psychological literature, (b) be versed in social psychological theory (both contemporary and historical), (c) be fluent in the empirical methods used in social psychological research, (d) be familiar with the results from a range of research studies in the field, (e) think about how social psychology is manifested in everyday life, and (f) apply and integrate social psychological concepts to social problems/events.
Lecture: Sharpless 410, TTh 2:30-4:00pm
Office Hours: Mondays 2:15-3:15pm, Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm, and by appointment
Readings: In the schedule below "S&M-#" refer to chapters in the Smith & Mackie Social Psychology text. Other author(s) (+year) refer to readings available online (details on how to access these readings is provided in the course syllabus). A copy of S&M is available on reserve in the Science Library.