SRJC Course Outlines

4/22/2021 10:25:04 PMPSYCH 30 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 30Title:  SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  
Full Title:  Social Psychology
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course examines the mental processes, situational factors, individual differences, and group phenomena that influence the way people interact with other people, with emphasis on interpersonal attraction, attitudes and attitudinal change, prejudice and discrimination, and aggression.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course examines the mental processes, situational factors, individual differences, and group phenomena that influence the way people interact with other people, with emphasis on interpersonal attraction, attitudes and attitudinal change, prejudice and discrimination, and aggression.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:D
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2010
 D9Psychology  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1991Fall 2010
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
 D9Psychology  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1991
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4IPsychology  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 170 Introduction to Social Psychology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYCH30

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe the major theories and areas of research in Social Psychology and explain their implications for present-day societies.
2.  Analyze the historical and current trends in the field of Social Psychology.
3.  Evaluate the assets, limitations, and ethics of the various research designs in Social Psychology.
4.  Explain how research findings can be generalized across time and cultures.
5.   Explain gender differences in social cognition and social behavior.
6.  Apply social psychological theories and principles to critically assess current events related to the field.
 

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Discuss the major psychological research theories in the field of social psychology.
2.  With examples, describe and apply various types of research methods used for studying social behavior.
3.  Explain how individual personality characteristics (e.g., motivation, feelings, attitudes and cognitive processing) and environment (e.g., norms and cultural rules) interact to influence the individual's goals, beliefs and decision-making processes.
4.  Compare and contrast the four core processes of social cognition (attention, interpretation, judgment and memory).
5.  Define self-presentation and analyze how self-presentation is important to appearing likable, appearing competent, and conveying status and power.
6.  Distinguish the difference between persuasion and cognitive dissonance, and appraise how these concepts create attitude changes.
7.  Differentiate among various types of social influences (e.g.,conformity, compliance and obedience).
8.  Discuss reasons for obtaining mates and reasons for ending relationships.
9.  Compare and contrast the genetic, neural and chemical, and social situational influences of aggression and aggressive behaviors.
10. Provide definitions, causes, and ways of reducing stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.
11. Evaluate how theories of cooperation/conflict, competition/altruism, and conservation/short-sighted selfishness positively and negatively affect the immediate and global environment in which people live.

Topics and Scope
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 1.  Introduction to Social Psychology  
 2.  Methodology:  Research Methods
3.  Social Cognition:  How We Think About the Social World
 4.  Social Perception:  How We Come to Understand Other People
5.  The Self:  Understanding Ourselves in a Social Context
6.  Social Influence:  Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
7.  Attitudes and Attitude Change:  Influencing Thoughts and Feelings
8.  Interpersonal Attraction:  First Impressions to Close Relationships
9.  Prosocial Behavior:  Understanding Why People Help Other People
10.  Aggression:  Understanding Why People Hurt Other People and Prevention
11.  Prejudices, Stereotyping and Discrimination:  Causes and Cures
12.  Group Processes:  Influences in Social Groups
13.  Social Dilemmas:  Conflict, Cooperation, and Resolution
14.  Integrating Social Psychology:  Attaining a Sustainable Future

Assignments:
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1. Read approximately 25-35 pages per week, and recapitulate assigned material in the textbook,  and if applicable, supplements.
2. Write a minimum of 1000-1500 word essay(s) or term/research paper for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course knowledge, and improve critical thinking and writing skills.
3. Take 2-4 exams and one final exam on lectures, reading, concepts, and terminology.
4. Oral presentations and/or group projects may be assigned.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Homework, essay(s) or term/research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Multiple choice, True/false, Essay exams, Fill-in, Short Answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations and/or group projects may be assigned.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Social Psychology, 8th edition. Aronson, Wilson & Akert. Pearson: 2013
Social Psychology, 13th edition. Baron & Branscombe. Pearson: 2012
Social Psychology, 9th edition. Kassin, Fein, Markus. Cengage Learning: 2014      
Exploring Social Psychology, 6th edition. Meyers, David G., McGraw-Hill: 2012

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