College of Social Sciences
PSY/285 Version 4
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This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of social psychology—how people interact with and think about others. Students are able to explore and discuss topics such as self-concept, social perception and cognition, attitudes, social identity, interpersonal attractions, social influence, human aggression, and applications of social psychology.
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Myers, D. G. (2012). Exploring social psychology (6th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
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Week One: Introduction to Social Psychology
1.1 Differentiate between causation and correlation.
1.2 Apply elements of experimental research to a scientific study.
Read the course description and objectives.
Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.
Read Appendix A.
Read Module 1 of Exploring Social Psychology.
Causation and Correlation
View the Causation and Correlation Presentation.
Compare and contrast causation and correlation in a 200- to 300-word post. Explain whether each of the following may be classified as a causation or correlation. Justify your reasoning based on readings from the text; you do not need to agree/disagree with the statements to identify them as causation or correlation. Identify any possible lurking variables that may be present.
Wealthy people are thin.
People with long hair do better on audio memory tests.
Ice cream melts when heated.
Students with fewer clothes perform worse on standardized tests. Money is the root of all evil. In other words, money causes evil.
Follow the Writing Guide.
Describe one of the following experiments, which study human subjects, in 450 to 750 words:
A pharmaceutical company wants to test a new sleep aid.
An educational company is interested in determining whether their new math curriculum will raise standardized test scores. Teachers want to know if using antibacterial gels will prevent them from getting a cold or the flu.
Include a description of each of the elements in the context of the experiment you chose from the above list:
Measurement—what variable will be examined to determine the success of the experiment?
Identify any ethical considerations that must be addressed.
Format according to APA standards/Writing Guide
Week Two: Self-Concept
2.1 Differentiate between collectivism and individualism.
2.2 Identify misconceptions created by self-serving biases.
2.3 Determine how social cognition influences self-concept.
2.4 Determine pros and cons of internal and external locus of control.
Read Modules 3–5, 7–9, & 11 of Exploring Social Psychology.
Participate in discussion responses/class discussion.
Minimum 6 posts on minimum of 3 days during the week
Locus of Control
Complete the Locus of Control Assessment located in your course...
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