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Psychology 240

Social Psychology

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Psychology 120 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Text: Social Psychology (13th Ed). Baron and Branscombe. Pearson

Course Description:

This course is intended to introduce an overall view of the field of social psychology, to address major issues and topics that fall within this field, and to cover the conditions and circumstances that lead to social behaviour and cognition.

A wide range of issues and topics will be covered in this course including: nonverbal communication, attribution, impression, cognitive biases, behaviour and social cognition, attitude formation, persuasion, cognitive dissonance, social and gender identities, interpersonal attraction, conformity, compliance, and obedience, prosocial behavior, aggression and group dynamics.

Course Outline:

Chapter Content

Chapter 1

The Field of Social Psychology

Chapter 2

Social Cognition

Chapter 3

Social Perception

Chapter 4

The Self

Chapter 5


Chapter 6


Chapter 7

Interpersonal Attraction

Chapter 8

Social Influence

Chapter 9

Prosocial Behaviour

Chapter 10


Chapter 11

Groups and Individuals


Class Attendance 10%
Participation 10%
Term Project 10%
Mid-term 30%
Final Exam 40%


Gary Mangel, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Crystal Ehresman, B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.Sc. (Lethbridge)

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