Social Psychology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Psychology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    Systematic analysis and evaluation of theoretical constructs, principles and research in relation to the social psychological nature and causes of behaviour. Theoretical explanations and research findings are discussed within the context of the social world.. Topics include an introduction to the history of social social psychology, social perception-including impression formation and attribution theories, attitude formation, and persuasion, group processes-including group performance and group decision making, leadership theories conformity, compliance and obedience.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course aims to provide an understanding of knowledge in the social-psychological theoretical and research domains, complementing PS 2257-Diverity and Social Interactions. It is designed for Psychology Majors, who have foundational knowledge from any two 2000 modules in Psychology, although students from other areas who wish to acquire an understanding of social-psychological research and theory can benefit.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES:
    As a result of taking this course, students should be able to:
    1. Identify and discuss the areas of social-psychological study and examine the evolution of this field, whilst evaluating the ethical implications of the complexity of social and cultural issues.
    2. Analyze the topic of social perception and evaluate how people form impressions of others, and of themselves. Identify themes in relation to udgment accuracy.
    3. Explain the principles of attribution theory, and critically evaluate the fundamental attribution error- and attribution biases.
    4. Explain the components of attitudes and the course of persuasion, and discuss them in relation to the theories of cognitive consistency and dissonance..
    5. Explain the various aspects of social influence, including leadership issues and apply this knowledge in relation to cultural and social differences.
    6. Examine concepts in relation to group decision making, group performance and deindividuation. 
    7. Analyze the topics of conformity, compliance and obedience and discuss in relation to group processes and social influence.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Class lectures, interactive learning (class discussions, group work) video presentations, and practical problems solved in class.
    - Exercises and primary source documents are assigned as homework, the solutions of which are reviewed in class.
    - Office hours
    - Blackboard site