Mar 30, 2023
SOC 2100 - Introduction to Social Psychology
This course explores how people collectively give meaning to social situations, and how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, and implied presence of others. Topics include reality as a social construction; processes of socialization; the role of social interaction, language, and reference groups in the development of the self; how norms, identities, values, roles, and situations influence the individual; emotional labor and how individuals negotiate stigmatized social identities; and social psychological dynamics in relation to race, gender, class, and sexualities. Students will use critical thinking to analyze and evaluate collective constructions of meaning and their own social identities and perceptions of situations.
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
- Students will be able to identify, describe, and assess fundamental theories, principles, and concepts in social psychology.
- Students will be able to discuss how our common-sense perceptions of the world are influenced by the society and culture in which we live.
- Students will be able to apply knowledge of social psychology theory and research to situations in everyday life such as interpersonal and group relations.
- Students will be able to analyze and evaluate news and events through a perspectives of social psychology.
- Students will be able to discuss how social actors arrive at different perspectives, and the validity of those perspectives.
- Students will be able to critically evaluate their own social identities, including how these identities impact their attitudes, behaviors, and values.
- Students will be able to evaluate how social norms are formed, and what happens when they are breached.
- Students will be able to identify and evaluate how social psychology can help them in their personal and professional lives.
- Students will be able to discuss and critically analyze social psychological dynamics in relation to race, gender, class, and sexualities.
- Students will be able to critically analyze theories, research methods, findings, and applications developed by social psychologists.
- Students will be able to form and logically articulate conclusions using methods from social psychology.
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