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Course Description

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This course introduces students to the field of social psychology. Major topics introduced will include: social influence, social cognition, attitude, stereotype and prejudice, the self, attraction and interpersonal relationships, group processes and intergroup relations. The course also aims for students to use the knowledge acquired to think critically about how their actions and those of others are influenced by social forces. In addition, the course aims to introduce students to the role of culture in shaping thoughts and behaviour and to provide them an opportunity to appreciate diverse perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe the 10 core social psychological phenomena;
  2. Identify and discuss the link between key social psychological theories and social behaviours;
  3. Evaluate and reflect on classical social psychology experiments; and
  4. Critically evaluate and analyze social psychological phenomena as portrayed through a variety of media (films, news casts, television shows, etc.).

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Self Perception
  • Social Perception
  • Social Cognition
  • Attitudes
  • Persuasion
  • Social Influence
  • Group Behaviour
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • Aggression
  • Altruism
  • Attraction and Intimacy

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of PSYC*1000, PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (5 x 4%) 20%
Movie Analysis 20%
Discussion Participation (5 x 5%) 25%
On Campus Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Social Psychology
May 07, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Students are required to purchase the ebook version of the textbook with Wiley Plus. This version of the textbook has been updated and includes videos and new content that are not part of the paper copy.  

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Section Materials
  • Publishers Access Code (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Wiley Plus (includes Social Psychology ebook) by Sanderson, C.A. & Safdar, S. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Canada 1st Canadian edition ISBN ES8-0-470-67809-1
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