PSY 3140


Social psychology is the study of how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by our social environment. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with theory and research in social psychology and to apply this knowledge toward understanding yourself and other people as social beings.


  1. Describe the history of social psychology and the major contributors to the field.
  2. Compare and contrast how sociology, personality psychology, and social psychology attempt to understand and predict human behavior.
  3. Understand the research methods used in social psychology.
  4. Discuss and define the characteristics of our perception of the social world and other people.
  5. Describe the nature of the self and explain how the social environment influences our understanding of ourselves.
  6. Understand the origins and nature of attitudes and how they can be changed.
  7. Understand the nature of conformity and obedience.
  8. Describe the characteristics of interpersonal attraction.
  9. Describe and explain Prosocial behavior and altruism.
  10. Understand the nature of aggression and destructive behaviors.
  11. Describe and explain prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.


  1. PSY 1010


Social psychology (Rev: 7)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2010)
Author: Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M.
ISBN: 9780138144784
Price: $197.02

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