MAPY 607 Seminar in Social Psychology

Learn how interaction with others influences our behavior.

Format: Offered Online and On-Campus

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Our actions, beliefs and sense of self are greatly influenced by social interaction. In MAPY 607 Seminar in Social Psychology, you will examine the ways a person’s behavior is impacted by social groups and social convention, institutions, the media, community and world events. This course incorporates insights from many disciplines, including psychology, sociology, communication, politics, biology and the arts.

Throughout the course, you’ll engage in a variety of assessment methods to demonstrate course competencies. These assessment methods may include, but are not limited to, written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.

What You’ll Learn in MAPY 607

This course covers major themes in the discipline of social psychology, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on practical professional application. The seminar format requires your active participation, as the social interaction within the course illustrates psychological principles in action.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Overview and Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition and Social Perception
  • Positive Self-Image and the Self
  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Conformity and Prosocial Behavior
  • Aggression
  • Prejudice
  • Interpersonal Attraction and Application of Social Psychology

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MAPY 607, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the validity or relevance of specific social psychological research studies.
  • Analyze and discuss significant topics within the discipline of social psychology.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effects of situations on group behavior.
  • Analyze and evaluate the relationship between a group or culture’s influences and the individual’s actions and cognitions.
  • Explain schemas in relation to social situations.
  • Analyze factors in prejudice and discrimination.
  • Analyze factors in prosocial behavior.
  • Apply social psychological concepts related to gender issues.
  • Evaluate social psychological factors in personal attraction and the selection of mates.
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of concepts of social psychology by applying them to a specific cultural group.
  • Evaluate the relevance of course issues and themes to professional use.
  • Explore and analyze a particular topic within the discipline of social psychology in depth, using outside references.

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