PS 250-A Social Psychology
: Dr. Carolyn Whitney
: T/Th 2:30-3:45 Room STE 205
: STE 206
: T 10-11:30, W 11-11:45 and by appointment
Social psychology is the study of how people relate to and are changed by other
people. This course provides an introduction to the field of social psychology and the
science of individual human behavior in social situations. The fundamental principles of
social psychology will be examined as we cover topics including social thinking (how we
view ourselves and others), social influence (cultural influences and social learning
forces), and social relations (both negative and positive attitudinal and behavioral
expressions including prejudice, aggression, attraction, and helping). We will examine
concepts such as the self, attitudes and attitude change, group behavior, prejudice and
discrimination, prosocial behavior, interpersonal relationships, conformity, emotions, and
persuasion, along with many others. Current research and application of social
psychological theories will be covered with a special emphasis placed upon applying
social psychological principles to one’s own everyday life.
Taylor, Peplau, and Sears (2006). Social Psychology (12
edition). Upper Saddle
River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice-Hall.
There is a companion website that goes along with the text book where students will find
quizzes, internet links and so on. http://www.prenhall.com/taylor
Supplemental readings as well as movies may be placed on reserve at the library for
specific assignments made throughout the semester.
Class meetings may include a combination of the following: lectures, discussions, student
led discussions and demonstrations, small group activities, and video viewing. Lectures
will either expand upon the text by considering some topics in greater detail, or may
include material not discussed in the text. In-class and out-of-class exercises and
demonstrations are included to help you understand and apply class material in
innovative ways. Be prepared to work with small groups both in the classroom and
outside of the scheduled class time.
Class participation and contribution to the learning environment is an integral part of the
course and students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and to freely discuss the
topics introduced during each class. Class participation involves preparedness,
thoughtful, respectful, and positive
contributions to class discussions, and demonstration
of intellectual engagement with course topics.