Psychology | Social Psychology
P320 | 20737 | Thompson, S


Social psychology is the scientific study of how the thoughts,
feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by their
social environment and the presence of others, be they real or
imagined.  One of the unique aspects of social psychology is that it
has some 6 billion amateur practitioners.  While relatively few of
us have an understanding of nuclear physics, almost all of us are
interested in observing and trying to understand the behavior of
others in the course of our social interactions. This course is
designed to provide an overview of some of the topics that social
psychologists are concerned with.  Our survey of social psychology
will begin with the individual (to include discussions of
attributions and perceptions of others, self-concept, self-esteem,
and self-presentation strategies), then move to interactions between
individuals (to include discussions of helping behavior, aggression,
and attraction and intimate relationships), and finally to
individuals within a group (to include discussions of conformity,
obedience, compliance, persuasion, group processes, and stereotypes
and prejudice).  We will conclude the course with a discussion of
application of social psychology to the judicial system.