Psychology 0105: Introduction to Social Psychology
Spring 2008; MWF 11:00-11:50
David Lawrence Hall, Room 121
Dr. William Klein
3105 Sennott Square
3211 Sennott Square
M 1:30-2:30; Th 12:00-1:00
Social psychology examines our attitudes, perceptions, motivations, emotions, and behaviors,
and how our social environment influences each of these.
We will begin with an overview of
research methods in social psychology, and then spend the first part of the term assessing the
ways in which we perceive ourselves, other individuals, and groups.
We then proceed to explore
persuasion, social influence and social interaction, as well as how people behave in group
Throughout the term we will consider how research in social psychology contributes
to our knowledge in applied domains such as health, decision-making, business, and law.
Required Text (available at bookstore)
Kassin, S. M., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2008).
Company (7th edition).
This edition of the text was just released.
The paperback version
available at the bookstore (which is less expensive than the hard cover version) includes a study
guide with chapter outlines, sample questions, and other tools. Additional resources are available
at http://college.hmco.com/psychology/kassin/social_psychology/7e/student_home.html, and on
the CourseWeb site devoted to this course at http://courseweb.pitt.edu.
You will need to use
your Pitt e-mail account to access the CourseWeb site.
Class meetings will follow a lecture format, but I believe strongly that students learn best when
actively involved in the learning process.
To this end, I will incorporate demonstrations and
other activities into lectures, and ask questions of the class.
You are strongly encouraged to ask
questions and respond to mine.
Lectures will either expand upon the text by considering some
topics in greater detail, or include new material not discussed in the text.
The readings for each
topic are listed on the attached schedule.
To do well in this course, it is essential to attend
lectures and take careful notes, and to keep up with the reading.
If you miss a lecture, you are