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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.
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.
PSYC105 and PSYC106
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Myers, David G , Twenge, Jean M;
McGraw-Hill Education, 2019.
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.