This course provides a unified view of the field of social psychology organized around the concepts of social influence and power and exchange in social life and explores in-depth human thoughts, feelings, and actions as influenced by other people. Specific topics include socialization, perception of self and others, pro-social and anti-social behavior, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, and group behavior.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
- Define social psychology.
- Apply contemporary theories of social psychology to personal and professional development.
- Explain the role of research in social psychology.
Attribution, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
- Explain the development of the self in the social world.
- Describe how behavior can be explained using attribution theory.
- Describe the reciprocal relationship between behavior and attitudes.
Influence, Power, and Persuasion
- Examine the elements of persuasion.
- Apply the elements of persuasion to leadership styles.
- Assess the effects of persuasion on the individual.
- Analyze the effect of group influence on the behavior.
- Describe the stages of group development.
- Differentiate between the related processes of obedience, compliance, norm formation, groupthink, and conformity.
Altruism and Peacemaking
- Describe the elements of conflict resolution and peacemaking.
- Explain how individuals rationalize their behavior, using cognitive dissonance theory.
- Examine philanthropy, social activism, and volunteerism in terms of the social exchange theory and pro-social behavior.
- Analyze motivations behind heroic, altruistic, and social loafing or bystander behaviors.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
PSY/203 - Foundations of Psychology or equivalent
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