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Social Psychology
SOC PSYCHOLOGY
CLASS CODE: SOC 350 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: An in-depth view of the psychology of the inner person and what it means to be human. The emphasis is on the complex interplay between the individual and society in the formation of self concept, attitudes, and the way in which he/she perceives others.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Using science to study social man, the social situation, understanding others, the formation of the self, persuasion, conformity and obedience, friendship and love, helping behavior, aggression, prejudice, and the importance of the "group".
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: The student will learn various theoretical perspectives in social psychology and how they can be used to study the impact of society on the individual in a scientific manner. The student will understand the importance of society in shaping our thinking, self-concepts, and attitudes. The student will understand bonding to and rejection of individuals and whole social categories as well as the power of the social group.
REQUIREMENTS: Students are required to take four major unit exams; write an autobiographical analylsis of the impact of society on their individual development; write two creative essays on an aspect of human psychology, write a research paper on an aspect of human psychology, participate in periodic small group and whole-class discussions (for which they have furnished discussion items). Class attendance is required.
PREREQUISITES:
OTHER: Students may receive Psych 350 credit or Soc 350 but not both.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001