Contemporary Topics in Social Psychology – PSYC 827

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

Exploration of contemporary topics in social psychology. Empirical research, current trends, and a special focus on ongoing research in the field will be highlighted.

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


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to current research in social psychology and to critically examine research in the field by discussing current trends and research strengths and limitations. This course will also encourage students to examine current topics in social psychology from a biblical worldview. 

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Discussion threads that answer the question(s) presented must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge, including at least 3 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources and one Scripture reference. In addition to the initial main thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words and include at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed source and one Scripture reference. All sources must be cited in current APA format. Please see instructions for each discussion assignment. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Annotated Bibliography Assignments (3)

In preparation of the Research Presentation: Part 4 - Narrated PowerPoint Assignment, the student will prepare three annotated bibliographies of articles that will be used in his/her presentation. Each annotated bibliography submission will include a minimum of 7 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles (for a total of 21 articles on the topic). The first annotated bibliography submission will also include a one-sentence description of the topic chosen. This assignment is expected to be in annotated bibliography format, including a title page and sources cited in current APA format. Please see the instructions for each Annotated Bibliography Assignment. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Narrated PowerPoint Assignment

For this presentation, the student will prepare a 30-35 minute narrated PowerPoint presentation on his/her research topic. In the PowerPoint presentation, the student will describe his/her area of research, evaluate the current state of the research (including areas that need more research), offer a biblical discussion of the topic, and introduce a proposed study to further the research area. The presentation will include sources cited and referenced in current APA style. The student will also narrate the presentation. Please see the instructions for the Narrated PowerPoint Assignment for more information. (CLO: A, B, C, D)