2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Jul 05, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSYC 210 Social Psychology (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly PSYCH 210

Prerequisite PSYC& 100  or PSYC 201 , with a 1.5 grade or better.

Course Description
A survey of the effects of social influence on an individual’s thoughts and/or behaviors.

Student Outcomes
Knowledge competency areas
1. Describe concepts in social psychology (e.g. attributions, obedience, conformity, institution.)
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class presentations, class discussions, group activities, program proposals)
2. Explain main findings on topics in social psychology (e.g. classic studies such as Milgram’s obedience study, Rosenthal & Jacobson’s sex role studies).
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, program proposals)
3. Describe the influences group structure has on social interaction.
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, program proposals)
4. Apply concepts in social psychology to everyday behavior of self, others and current events.
(essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals)
5. Evaluate results of research in social psychology based on its methodology, relevance to theory, and relevance to social issues.
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, program proposals)
6. Identify judgments made in creating knowledge in social psychology and evaluate the impact of those judgments.
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussion, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals, white papers-policy statement)
7. Evaluate research designs used to study social psychological topics at a basic level (e.g. the ability to achieve appropriate information).
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussion, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals, white papers-policy statement)
8. Conduct informed observations of human behavior with awareness of the cultural context in which human behavior occurs.
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussion, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals, white papers-policy statement)
9. Discuss personal experience that formed opinions and attitudes on class topics.
(research projects/papers, essays in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals)
10. Generate potential social contexts that would provide a broader base for one’s opinions and behavioral tendencies (i.e. different past experiences and future opportunities)
(essays, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, journals/reflective essays)
11. Identify the cultural and historical forces which can be attributed to shaping social psychological concepts and (research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussion, group activities, journals/reflective essays, program proposals, white papers-policy statement)
12. Describe the main issues and ideas behind them that shaped the field of social psychology (e.g. the person-situation debate, lab/field methodologies).
(research projects/papers, essays, objective exams, in-class presentations, class discussions, group activities, program proposals)
13. Appreciate and apprehend the complexity of human experience; practice thinking about the many factors that go into each person’s life.
(journals/reflective essays)



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