Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
The goal of social psychology is to understand and explain how our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. At the heart of social psychology is the recognition that our responses are greatly influenced by social situations and are not simply the product of our individual personalities. This course will provide you with an overview of research and theory in social psychology. Topics to be studied include social perception, social cognition and information processing, attitudes and persuasion, stereotyping and discrimination, social influence and group behavior, romantic relationships, aggressive behavior, and helping behavior. Throughout the course, there will be strong emphases on (1) research methodology and (2) the application of social psychological research to your everyday lives. In order for you to fully appreciate research and be able to differentiate good research from bad research, it is important that you are able to critically evaluate it. This ability will be useful to you in your everyday life in numerous ways, particularly as you are constantly bombarded with the results of research in the media.
This course will explore the many psychological mechanisms that play a part in close personal relationships. Using psychological research as our foundation, students will be led in discussions about attraction, love, lust, and other topics pertinent to close relationships. Students will be asked to think deeply about the social constructs that influence human preferences, and the bio-psychosocial processes at play. The course will begin by dissecting the concepts of attraction and love. Once a basis for understanding these fundamental concepts is established, we will progress into discussions about attachment theory and interpersonal dynamics such as jealousy, power, stigmatization, and communication. All matter of relationships (homosexual, asexual, heterosexual, polyamorous, etc.) will be discussed across topics. Lastly, we will finish the course discussing the portrayal of sex in the media and online, and its implications on sex education and sexual understanding.
The Social Psychology of Current Events gives students the time and resources to examine the world around them through a Social Psychological lens. Topics will be drawn from the news and, using some foundational texts as a jumping off point, we will explore the social psychological underpinnings of the events currently affecting the world today. those most effected. This course is both reading and writing intensive, and students will also get a chance to explore the topics they find most engaging. Prerequisite detail: At least one college-level course in psychology