Social Psychology – PSYC 512

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

Course Description

Examination of scientific literature involving individual behavior in relation to social contexts. Topics include attribution, social perception, socialization, attitude formation/change, group dynamics, prosocial behavior, aggression, social influence, and applications.




Many individuals go through their daily routines with little thought as to what influences their own behavior and 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 the student’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others, so that the student can better understand himself/herself, and those around him/her. This course will put major emphasis on the theory, research, and scientific evidence supporting the above claims, and is designed to provide the student with psychological evidence that is relevant in every area of psychological inquiry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate, in writing, the main concepts pertaining to social psychological phenomenon as discussed in the textbook, theory, and research articles.
  2. Apply specific principles related to the text, theory, and articles that directly address both content related to social psychological phenomenon, as well as biblical integration.
  3. Summarize and explain empirical research that can be used as evidence to support a social psychological argument.
  4. Integrate knowledge from class discussion, individual readings, and required readings to address key social psychological concepts and ideas in order to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and ideas associated with social psychology.

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.

Content Presentations/Discussion (5)

The instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. Each module/week, one student from each group will be required to present the module/week material in summary form (**narrated power point is preferred), and then pose a series of questions related to the articles in a video posted to the Group Discussion Board. The presenter must pose at least two questions. These questions must be sent to the professor for approval twenty-four hours before the presentation. Since there are several groups, if one of the presenters fails to present this information for his/her group, then the other members from the group will be able to participate with another group for that module/week. At least one of the questions must relate to biblical integration and show how one should think/deal with the particular social psychological issue from a Christian worldview/perspective. The other group members must then reply to these questions via discussion board. The responses must be at least 100 words per question, use one citation (per question) that references either the text, journal articles, theory, or outside research articles the student has read/summarized that relates to the question, and must be a discussion. The first person will respond to the question, and the second person will build off that response, and so on.

Reading Summaries (6)

The student is required to read and become comfortable/familiar with all required reading material. The summary will include: an integration of the Kassin et al. text chapters, Chadee theory chapters, and two journal articles related to each module/week. The summary should include an intro paragraph, three paragraphs each with a major theme supported by at least two of the sources and a closing paragraph. Each reading summary should be (1.5-2 pages) in length. For reference look at the reading summary example.

Journal Article Summaries (5)

For five of the module/weeks, the student will submit one journal article summarry that will be used to understand both the topic and research related to the topic of interest each week. The article summary should follow the article summary handout. Each summary must be at least 350 words. For reference look at the journal article example.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm will cover all content from modules/weeks 1–4, will consist of 5 short answer/essay questions.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be comprehensive. It will cover all material covered in this course, will consist of 5 short answer/essay questions.