Sociology | Introduction to Social Psychology
S530 | 21053 | Jackson


This graduate-level course surveys a range of theoretical approaches
and areas of research within the subfield of social psychology.  The
primary focus will be on sociological approaches, although we will
examine a few psychological approaches (e.g., cognition, attribution
processes).  The readings emphasize theoretical issues as well as the
application of theory to a variety of substantive areas.  This
component of the class is quite important since students are expected
to leave the course with a strong sense of the historical development
of social psychology as well as its use in current sociological (and
non-sociological) bodies of literature.  Social psychology is, by its
very nature, an interdisciplinary field; therefore students will be
introduced to a variety of topics introduced to us in a range of
scientific journals.

This class will demonstrate the utility of collecting a tool chest of
social psychological knowledge that will help any student better
explicate the social relationships or phenomenon to which s/he is
trying to better understand (ex: race relations, gender inequality,
marital relationships, organizational dynamics, health, poverty, law
and society).  Students will also gain a sense of the methodological
challenges facing social psychologists.  All course objectives will be
pursued through lectures, readings related to lecture topics,
discussion in class of lectures and readings, and films/videos.