Social Psychology – PSYC 312

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Social psychology is the study of how the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior, as well as how an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others. Topics in the course include interpersonal attraction, accuracy of eye-witness testimony, impact of TV on aggression, non-verbal communication, group decision making, and the impact of advertising on beliefs and behavior.


(PSYC 200 or SOCI 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Many individuals go through their daily routines with little thought as to what influences their own thoughts and behaviors, as well as the behavior of those around them. They seem unaware of how other people influence their thoughts and behavior. Still, others attempt to understand and explain their behavior, but their explanations are inaccurate. This course will seek to explain how students’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others so that the students can better understand themselves and those around them.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recall and explain major concepts and results of major experiments in social psychology.
  2. Apply concepts and research findings in social psychology to predict behavior in novel situations.
  3. Analyze and compare methods and findings of research studies in social psychology.
  4. Evaluate major concepts within social psychology from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the term. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. For each thread, the student must use and cite the textbook, a second academic source (academic books or peer-reviewed articles only), and Scripture in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words (Learning Outcomes [LOs] A, B, C, D).

Activity Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 Activity Assignments throughout the term. Two of these assignments (Activity Assignments 1 & 3) will include various scenarios applying social psychology concepts to real-world situations. The student will review each scenario and complete an answer sheet applying what he or she has learned. One of the assignments (Activity Assignment 2) will be a “crossword puzzle” format in which the student will generate correct terms based on given definitions/scenarios (LOs B).

Research Paper: Topic and References

The student will decide on a topic and find references for his or her Research Paper. The student will be required to cite the textbook and 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in current APA style. Both of these peer-reviewed articles must report on original research (LOs CD).

Research Paper

The student will write a paper focusing on a social psychology topic of his or her choosing that is discussed in the textbook. The body of the paper must be 5 pages (not including title page, abstract, and references) and the paper must be in current APA style. The paper must report on original research and include a iblical integration component. The paper must include at least 2 references (peer-reviewed journal articles only) in addition to the course textbook (LOs A, C, D).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit (LOs A B).