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PSYC 350 : Social Psychology

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Social Psychology
This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the interactional forces between groups and the individual in society. Topics include the following: introduction to social psychology, group influence, the self in a social world, prejudice-disliking others, social beliefs and judgments, attraction and intimacy, genes, culture and gender, altruism-helping others, conformity, and persuasion.

The goals of this course are to have the students become aware of the many theories which have been developed to explain and predict human behavior and to better understand themselves and the behavior of others. This Social Psychology course offers a method by which students will have the opportunity to learn about universal human behavior from a social psychological perspective. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify, comprehend, and implement critical thinking skills related to significant concepts involving the topic areas listed under the Course Description.

Upon completion of the course and—if necessary—with multiple revisions of specific writing tasks, students will be able to do the following:

1. Define social psychology, describe its goals and paradigms, and distinguish it from other sciences which study human behavior.

2. Describe the methods of research used in the field of social psychology.

3. Explore social cognition in relation to the self, social beliefs, judgments, behavior and attitudes. ?4. Identify differences in social influence from the standpoint of culture, conformity, compliance and obedience.

5. Understand why some people are attracted to each other and others are not.

6. Explore social relations in terms of prejudice, aggression, discrimination, conflict and peacemaking.

7. Recognize verbal and nonverbal cues and explain how they help us recognize people's true feelings.

8. Classify the different types of antisocial behaviors and how to recognize symptoms of each.

9. Analyze how stress develops, how it affects mental health and physical health and how to cope with it.

10. Assess the various different social forces that are placed on a group versus an individual.

11. Prepare formal research paper in proper APA format

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 General Education of Arts and Sciences PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
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