Introduction to Social Psychology

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Barratt
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 1 - Wednesday, 11 November | Brazil Download Syllabus

This survey course will include social perception, social influence and social relations. The framework will include learning about theoretical perspectives and research methodology. In the context of Semester at Sea, social psychology will be particularly useful as a lens for understanding ways that individuals influence one another, learn in groups, maintains relationships, cooperate with one another, and adapt during interactions. The focus is on the scientific study of individual behavior and thought in social situations. Applied areas that will be addressed include consideration of the social contexts that best promote innovation, problem solving, motivation, altruism, learning, and risk-taking. In the assignments, students will be asked to link theory and concepts to cultures and current events from around the world.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1 - Wednesday, 11 November

Students will have the opportunity for in-depth discussions with young people from Brazil. Questions will be accumulated in class related to social psychology, and these questions will guide one-on-one and small group discussion. The settings for these conversations will include on-campus and informal off-campus settings. Conversations will address the set of topics for the full semester: social perception, social influence, and social relations.  Students will be prepared to open and examine their own lives as they explore the lives of young people in Brazil. Academic objectives: 1. Apply social psychology by thinking critically about theory and research in a person-to- person context. 2. Make person-to-person connections with young people in Brazil 3. Learn about culture and its role in social perceptions, social influences, and social relations in the context of Brazil