Master Syllabus

Social Psychology


  1. Course Title: Social Psychology
  2. Course Number: PSY235
  3. Course Name: Psychology
  4. Credit Hours: 3
  5. Semesters Offered: Fall
  6. Prerequisite: COM 121 English Composition, PSY 130 General Psychology (with a grade of "C" or better)


An analysis of the major thought systems, schools of psychology, and general theories of social psychology.


This course is recommended for students enrolled in transfer programs related to the social sciences as well as to those interested in further understanding of human relationships.


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Distinguish between social psychology and other social sciences.
  2. Demonstrate conversance with concepts from the social psychological perspective and apply these concepts in appropriate contexts.
  3. Compare and contrast the various research methodologies used by social psychologists.
  4. Examine the ethical considerations associated with conducting research in social psychology.
  5. Demonstrate the value of research in social psychology as applied to one's own life as well as to the society as a whole.
  6. Illustrate how sociopsychological conditions can dramatically effect the behavior of "normal" people.
  7. Analyze the ways in which the "self" develops, utilizing one or more of the theories of self.
  8. Analyze the role of social influence on the acquisition and change of attitudes as well as its effects oil behavior.
  9. Examine the process of making persuasive appeals, including an explanation of those factors which determine their success or failures.
  10. Compare and contrast the various theories of aggression.
  11. Describe the major sources of prejudice.
  12. Examine the attribution process in terms of actor-observer perspectives on the causes of behavior, including an explanation of the role that bias plays in this process.
  13. Explain the process of interpersonal attraction, including an explanation of the role of homogany.
  14. Describe the various causes of inadequate communications and specify ways to make communications more successful.
  15. Analyze group development processes, utilizing one or more of the theories/models of group development.
  16. Differentiate between types of experiential groups and specify the types of things participants learn.
  17. Describe major research experiments from the field of social psychology.
  18. Summarize, compare, and contrast two current primary source research articles from the field of social psychology.