PSY6007 Social Psychology

Humans are by nature social. This course provides a rigorous overview of the psychological research on how social influence (on thoughts, feelings and behaviors) takes place in social contexts. Theoretical concepts of social psychology will be covered in this course, including conformity, prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, aggression, attitudes, causal attribution, social cognition, relationships, altruism, and group dynamics. The impact of Chinese culture on these social behaviors will also be evaluated. This course will be of significant applied value to educators and those involved in allied fields who need to be aware of the influence of social environment. At the conclusion of this course, students will have acquired new knowledge about how to better understand and research the influence of context on themselves and others, through rigorous scientific research, analysis, and introspection.