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Social Psychology (PSY403)

VU
Lesson 01

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Aims
Introduction of social psychology is a very important discipline of psychology. Objectives
1. Defining social psychology.
2. Introduce main content and subject matter of social psychology in relations to different questions of interest in this discipline.
General Introduction of the Course
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think, influence, and relate to one another. It is a comparatively young discipline. The broad theme of this course will be how individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people -- the SOCIAL influences. Social Psychology is a surprisingly broad field that overlaps with other sub-disciplines of psychology like personality and cognition, and various other human disciplines like anthropology, sociology, and communication. Learning Objectives of this course






To acquaint the students with the field of social psychology. When we say “the field of psychology, we mean a broad range of topics relevant to social psychology, general scientific approach of the discipline, and various concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to this discipline.

To provide many insights into our own and others’ behavior. Benefiting one’s own relationships and services as a friend, relative, roommate, neighbour, and co-worker

Practical application of this course
Through journal writing and Applied social psychology Lab students will be able to experience the personal relevance of social psychology. The introduction of these two procedures is as under: Journal: One means of enhancing the course’s personal relevance is an assignment called a “Journal”, which students will accomplish as the course will proceed.

Applied Social Psychology Lab: Different classroom activities will be conducted to give students a practical overview and knowledge about the application of Social Psychology by case reports, small activities, and current research

By the End of this course students will be able to:
Demonstrate foundational knowledge in social psychology
Apply social psychological phenomena to one's own thinking, behavior, and relationships Recognize the extent to which social behaviors are influenced by situational and interpretive factors Readings

Text Books
Franzoi, S.L. (2006). Social Psychology. New York: McGraw Hill. David G. Myers, D. G. (2003). Social Psychology (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. Other Readings
Lord, C.G. (1997). Social Psychology. Orlando: Harcourt Brace and Company. Lippa, R.A. (1994). Introduction to Social Psychology... Belmont: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. What is Social Psychology?

In the following two definitions of social psychology have been described, the first of these has been quoted in majority of the textbooks on social psychology.
Social psychology is a discipline that uses scientific methods in “an attempt to understand and explain how the thought, feeling and behaviour of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others” (Gordon Allport, 1985, p. 3).

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Social Psychology (PSY403)

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Social psychology is the scientific study of how individuals think. Feel, and behave toward other people and how individual’s thoughts, feelings, & behaviours are affected by other people (Brehm, Kassin, & Fein, 2002, p. 5).

Main Elements of Definitions
Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviours of individual
Influence of other people
How these influences will be studied? It will be done by the use of Scientific Method. The definitions suggest a cause and effect equation – people influencing individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Main Questions of Interest in Social Psychology
The topics of social psychology—attitudes, person perception, interpersonal attraction, conformity, etc. are among the most personal but largely unexamined parts of ourselves. Questions of...
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