Did you ever laugh at a joke you didn’t get because others around you were laughing? Maybe you noticed you act one way when you are around one group of people, say your family, but act differently when you are around others, like your friends. At the heart of Social Psychology is the recognition that our responses are dramatically influenced by social situations. How we behave is not simply the result of our individual personalities but rather are shaped and molded by the social context around us, often time without us even realizing it.
In a course designed especially for Semester at Sea, we’ll explore classic and contemporary Social Psychology through a cultural lens. Social Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between the individual and society; that is, how do other people’s behavior affect us. We’ll cover topics such as decision making, persuasion, conformity, prejudice and discrimination, cooperation and competition, interpersonal attraction, and life satisfaction. We’ll see how social psychologists conduct their research and how you can apply research results to your life. Course assignments will encourage you to think about your relationships with others and with people you encounter during your field experiences and how they are shaped by their social contexts.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Date: March 24, 2022