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Below is a sample breakdown of the Basics of Social Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Social psychology intro and group behavior||Kurt Lewin, character and environment, perception; social facilitation, social loafing, drive theory, group dynamics|
|Tuesday||Attribution; obedience and authority||Fritz Heider, attribution theory, Bernard Weiner, self-serving bias, Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment|
|Wednesday||Attraction and conformity||Sternberg's model, interpersonal attraction, personality, intelligence, informational conformity, normative conformity, unanimous beliefs, Asch's conformity experiment|
|Thursday||Attitudes, altruism, aggression and stereotypes||Attitude components, attitude formation, social norms, reactance theory, biological instincts, social exchange theory; frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning, cognitive schemas, social identity|
|Friday||Organizational psychology||Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology, testing, selection, education, motivation|
1. Intro to Social Psychology
What is social psychology and how is it used? This lesson offers an introduction to the social influences, as well as the group and individual behaviors, covered by this field.
2. Group Behavior
Do individuals behave differently in groups than they would on their own? How do group dynamics affect our decision-making skills? You'll learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls than can come from belonging to a group.
Do you attribute your success to your abilities and failure to outside forces? You'll explore possible ways of weighing personal responsibility and environmental factors when trying to determine what caused an outcome.
What makes people attractive? In this lesson, you'll start with physical attributes and look beyond to other factors that determine attraction. Get ready to explore the love triangle!
Why do we conform? How do factors like group size and social status affect the likelihood of conformity? In this lesson, you'll explore two types of conformity.
6. Obedience and Authority
What types of social situations make it more likely that we'll obey authority? You'll observe Milgram's electric shock experiment and what it revealed about the relationship between obedience and authority.
Have you ever wondered how your attitudes are formed and how they affect your behavior? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the internal and external factors that form our attitudes and how our behavior can be affected or changed by various influences.
Why do we help others, and when do we decide not to help others? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the biological and social motivation behind altruism.
What roles do nature and nurture play in aggressive tendencies? You'll explore origins of aggression and how acceptance of this behavior may differ among societies.
Stereotyping is something we do daily, even if we don't realize it. By classifying groups of people, we can better understand the world around us, although prejudice may be a result. In this lesson, we'll watch Amy categorize strangers she sees on a bus and determine the reasons why humans tend to stereotype.
11. What Is Organizational Psychology?
Want a career that involves working with people and also businesses? Organizational psychology deals with the intersection of people and business. In this lesson, we'll look at the details of what organizational psychology is and what it entails.
12. Acculturation: Definition, Theory & Examples
The following lesson explains how individuals and groups experience acculturation by discussing four main factors associated with acculturation: language, immersion, assimilation, and integration. A quiz is provided to assess your understanding of the topic.
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