Fall 2019 - PSYC 260 D100

Introduction to Social Psychology (3)

Class Number: 9884

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    Tue, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 102.



Examines methodology and content in social psychology. Topics include: attitudes and values; social perception and cognition; group behavior; social includence; prejudice, discrimination, and sexism; aggression; altruism, interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relationships. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course is an introduction to the theories, methods, findings, and problems encountered in the study of people as social beings. Classic studies will be supplemented with recent research and the course will involve discussions around successful and failed replications of classic findings. Topics include: attitudes and values, social perception and cognition, group behavior, social influence, prejudice & discrimination, aggression, altruism, and interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relationships.


1) Understand the current state of the field of social psychology and what that means for interpretation of findings, scientific integrity, and the recent changes in “doing” social psychology
2) Understand ways in which social psychological processes occur in daily life, such as how people perceive themselves and others and how they interact with the surrounding environment
3) Be able to examine social psychology from an empirically-based, scholarly perspective, rather than from an intuitive or speculative perspective based solely on personal experience
4) Be able to evaluate social psychological situations and make predictions about behavior
5) Be able to think critically about how theories in social psychology can inform policy
6) Be able to critically evaluate the conclusions from research and be able to communicate scientific findings and their interpretation to others.


  • Mid-Term Exam: 35%
  • Writing Assignments: 30%
  • Final Exam: 35%

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