PSYC 2100 T - Introduction to Social Psychology

Introduction to contemporary theory and research in social psychology. Areas covered include attitude structure and change, small groups and social learning. Precludes additional credit for SOCI 2150. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1002.

This course provides an introduction to contemporary theory and research in social psychology. We will explore how social situations (this can be a group of people, an entire social or cultural context or just one single other person) may influence people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Topics include social cognition (How does the social world affect our thoughts?), self-knowledge (How accurate is it? Why is it important?), persuasion (How are attitudes changed?), interpersonal attraction (What determines a first impression?), prejudice, aggression, prosocial behaviour, and much more.

This course aims to provide you with an overview of the many different topics of social psychology, but also to teach you about the methodology and principles of social psychology research. It offers a foundation of social psychology for later in-depth seminar courses and a toolkit of examples for your own future research if you plan to complete a thesis or other empirical research project in the field of social psychology.

CRN for section T: 34814

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34815

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:05pm to 2:25pm, THB SA

Instructor: Johanna Peetz

Johanna Peetz

About the instructor: I fell in love with psychology during my undergraduate degree. I was inspired to understand why people behave the way they do. In particular, how others can influence us. Throughout my graduate school years, I became fascinated by how we interpret our experiences with others and in turn how that affects our own self-perception. My social psychology course gives insight into how we are influenced by others and by our experiences. Our social world can also affect how we interpret our experiences. I really enjoy teaching social psychology because the content is relevant to students. I can demonstrate concepts in class to help facilitate understanding.

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