Social Psychology

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Risser
Credits: 3

Field Work: Social Psychology
Prerequisites: One (1) general psychology course

Each person is unique, yet we all face similar questions when it comes to the human experience. What makes us happy and content? Why are we friends with some and antipathies with others? How does romantic attraction work? What are the best ways to address violence, prejudice, and other social problems? How has using Snapchat or Instagram changed our social interactions or how we view ourselves? This course explores these and other questions through a cross-cultural introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology: the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Students will explore topics such as decision making, group processes, attraction, persuasion, aggression and violence, prosocial behavior, and stereotypes and prejudice from a cross-cultural perspective. This class challenges students to carefully examine how culture and media shape our understanding of ourselves and others. With a focus on affect, behavior, and cognition, students will experiment with their lives, observe the results, analyze what took place, and discuss their findings.

Field Work