This course is designed to introduce students to social psychology, a discipline that examines how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Students will critically evaluate a number of social psychological theories and findings as they seek to better understand the social world around them. Core topics to be discussed in this course include attitude formation and change, persuasion, conformity and obedience, aggression, prejudice and discrimination, group dynamics, gender, culture, altruism and interpersonal attraction.
The course will also focus on specific areas of applied social psychology, such as media and social behaviour and psychology and the law. Students who have taken PSYC 009 Individual and Group Dynamics cannot take this course.