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Psychology 325: Social Psychology

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Class is cancelled Tuesday, 11/23. Enjoy the holiday.

Here is a review of the movie, The Experimenter, written by Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher.

For those who might be interested, click here to read an interesting Atlantic Monthly piece about why it is so hard to persuade people to change their minds.

Click here for a glossary of social psychology terms, or here for an alternative list.

For those of you who might be intrigued, this article from includes a link to the "manifesto" written by the recently fired Google engineer.

Click here to read an interview with a social psychologist who studies social media influences.

Class will meet Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:10 - 9:50 am in Stevenson 3049.

Course Description:

This course offers a broad introduction to social psychology. We will explore the various ways in which people think about, influence and relate to one another. We also will consider how the immediate social situation shapes people's behavior and attitudes. The course includes topics such as conformity and obedience, attitudes and attitude change, social perception, aggression, prejudice, attraction, romantic love and altruism. 

Course Objectives:

  • Learn key principles and concepts in social psychology.

  • Learn how social psychologists do what they do.

  • Apply social psychological principles and concepts to your own experience or questions.

As a GE D1 (Individual and Society) course, this course also is designed to contribute to the following SSU General Education learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how cultural diversity and social factors influence the individual, society, and social institutions.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the interchange among individuals and social systems and institutions, and how these develop.

  • Apply social science perspectives to social issues and problems as manifested in individuals, groups, societies, and/or internationally.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the factors influencing inequality and social justice among individuals, groups, societies, and/or across nations.

In particular, I designed this course to help you valuate everyday experiences critically (an overall GE program goal).

Recommended Text:

Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D. & Akert, R.M. (2010 or later). Social Psychology. Pearson/Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. (Please do not pay full price for any edition of this book.)

Other resources:


Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089

Course Assignments:
Course Project 1
Course Project 2
Course Project 3
Course Project 4
Implicit prejudice reflection assignment