PSYC213-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Introduction to Social Psychology

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

This course is designed as an introductory overview of classical and contemporary social psychology. Social psychology is the scientific study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the real or imagined presence of others. The lectures provide a broad overview of several key topics in the field including the self, social perception, intergroup relations, attitudes and persuasion, social influence, group processes, close relationships, prosocial behaviour, and aggression. Within each of these topics, we also consider the influence of culture and application to the real world. The course also contains a laboratory component in which students work in small groups conducting social psychology research projects.

Social psychology is the scientific study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the real, imagined, or implied presence of others. This course provides a broad overview of topics in social psychology. The lectures will cover a range of topics illustrating the impact of social context on the individual by focusing on topics such as the self-concept, social perception, intergroup bias, attitudes and persuasion, social influence, group processes, close relationships, prosocial behaviour, and aggression.

Learning Outcomes

The first goal in this course is to have you broadly learn about social psychological theories and empirical evidence on the impact of social context on human behaviour. The second goal is to help you learn how theories are translated into research questions and tested empirically inside and outside the laboratory using varied methodologies; and how resulting findings help illuminate social phenomena in everyday life while sometimes helping in the creation of interventions. The final goal of the course is to help you think independently and develop your own research ideas that build on existing work. I hope that you will use this class as an opportunity to think critically, independently, and better understand the world we share.

Pre-requisites

Restrictions

PSYC332

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 235 (26/7-16/8, 13/9-20/9, 4/10-18/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (23/8, 27/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 340 (27/7-17/8, 14/9-21/9, 5/10-19/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (24/8, 28/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 (27/7-17/8, 14/9-21/9, 5/10-19/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (24/8, 28/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
04 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 235 (30/7-20/8, 17/9-24/9, 8/10-22/10)
Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab (27/8, 1/10)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
05 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room (29/7-19/8, 16/9-23/9, 7/10-21/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (26/8, 30/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
06 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 239 (27/7-17/8, 14/9-21/9, 5/10-19/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (24/8, 28/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
07 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 239 (29/7-19/8, 16/9-23/9, 7/10-21/10)
Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (26/8, 30/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
08 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 141 (28/7-18/8, 15/9-22/9, 6/10-20/10)
Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab (25/8, 29/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
09 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 411 (28/7-18/8, 15/9-22/9, 6/10-20/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (25/8, 29/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
10 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 213 (28/7-18/8, 15/9-22/9, 6/10-20/10)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (25/8, 29/9)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 18:30 - 19:30 A1 Lecture Theatre
23 Aug - 29 Aug
02 Wednesday 18:30 - 19:30 A3 Lecture Theatre
23 Aug - 29 Aug

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kumar Yogeeswaran

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 38%
Lab Activities 17%
Research Proposal 20%
Mid-Semester Test 25%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Myers, David G , Twenge, Jean M; Social psychology; Thirteenth Edition; McGraw-Hill Education, 2019.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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