PSYC200 Social Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC200 Social Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course emphasizes those findings and theories of psychology, which aid in the understanding of socially significant behavior. Areas of psychology are emphasized to the extent that they contribute to an understanding of human behavior on a social level.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. apply the various psychological research methods to social psychology;
      2. describe the basic tenets of social psychology, its assumptions, theories, methods, and basic findings;
      3. explain group behavior and the social factors that affect the dynamics of group interaction; and
      4. apply social psychological phenomena to one's thinking behavior, and relationships.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application skills).
      Students will:
      1. practice effective small group communication skills.
      1. honor commitments made to the group.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. theories and research methods within social psychology
    2. attitudes and attitude change
    3. conformity
    4. prejudice
    5. aggression, conflict, and conflict resolution
    6. social influences on individual and group interaction
    7. behavior and perspectives in other cultures
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, group activities, class and online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Critical Thinking: At least one Critical Thinking and Problem Solving written assignment related to one of the Planned Topics will be assigned.

      Collaboration: Group tasks and analysis, student to student evaluations, self-evaluations, and/or written assignments will be used to assess students' abilities to communicate effectively, resolve conflict, and honor commitments to their groups in addressing at least one of the Planned Topics. A small group project is a required component of the course.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/97; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/03; Revised 4/2010