Social Psychology – PSYC 312

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

Social psychology is the study of how the presence of other people affects individuals’ affect, behavior, and cognition as well as how individuals form opinions and attitudes about other people. Topics in the course include, for example, functions of the self, theory of cognitive dissonance, attitude and attitude change, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior, aggression, and prejudice.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 3 discussions 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, 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 include 150-250 words and cite at least one item of information from the textbook (CLOs A, B, D).

Research Project: Topic Development Worksheet Assignment

Using the Research Project: Topic Development Worksheet Template provided, each student will select a topic from the list provided develop a research concept based on current research. and obtain current articles from peer-reviewed journals (original research only) to be used later for the Research Project: Literature Review Assignment.
The reference list must include 5 peer-reviewed journal articles (original research only). Current APA style must be used. Journal articles must have a publication date within the past five years. (CLOs C, D).

Research Project: Literature Review Assignment

The student will use the articles identified in the Research Project: Topic Development Assignment as the foundation for the Research Project: Literature Review Assignment. A brief description will be written about each article (250-350 words each) approved by the instructor in the Research Project: Topic Development Assignment. The description should include the following: Purpose, hypothesis, brief description of methods (participants and procedure), results, one strength, one weakness, and description of how these findings relate to the research topic. The student will also submit a PDF copy of each article. (CLOs C, D).

Aggression and Prejudice Activity Assignment

The student will complete one Aggression and Prejudice Activity Assignment which includes scenarios and short answer questions (3-5 sentences for each answer) that ask him or her to apply social psychology concepts to real-world situations. (CLO B).

Research Project: Biblical Integration Project Assignment

The student will explore what the Bible says about his/her chosen topic. In doing so each student will begin to understand how psychological science aligns with Biblical truth. This paper will include a minimum of 1,000 words and will follow current APA formatting guidelines.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn 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 (CLOs A, B).