Social Psychology

Spring
Spring 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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This program will provide students with a background in the big questions and main conversations of social psychology, as well as an understanding of the techniques used by social psychologists to study human social behavior. Social psychology is the scientific study of the way individuals think, feel, and behave in social situations. In this program, we will explore the way social psychologists seek to answer big questions that make up our everyday lives. We will examine the way our brains, environment and the people around us interact to produce a wide range of behaviors in individuals and groups, including:

  • What is the self, and how do we come to know ourselves? 
  • How do we form impressions of people, groups, and ideas? 
  • How do we explain others’ behavior? 
  • What are attitudes, how are they formed, and how do they affect us?
  • What influences our decision-making processes? 
  • What is the nature of conformity and obedience? 
  • What leads to prejudice and discrimination and what can be done about this problem? 
  • Why do intimate relationships begin, succeed, or fail? 
  • Why are people sometimes helpful, but at other times aggressive or even cruel? 

Beyond learning the content of the course material, the objective of this program is to help you think critically about the nature, origins and outcomes of human social behavior and how to apply the information you learn, to your daily lives.

Credit Equivalencies

4 - Social Psychology

4 - Neurobiology of the Social Brain

4 - Psychology of Social Judgment and Decision-Making

2 - Psychology of Self-Regulation

2 - Academic Writing

 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Psychology, mental health, community health, education

16

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.