Ch 25: Basics of Social Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Basics of Social Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach social factors and attitudes that influence individual behavior in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

12 Lessons in Chapter 25: Basics of Social Psychology Lesson Plans
Intro to Social Psychology

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.

Group Behavior

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.


3. Attribution

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.


4. Attraction

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!


5. Conformity

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.

Obedience and Authority

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.


7. Attitudes

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.


8. Altruism

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.


9. Aggression

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.


10. Stereotypes

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.

What Is Organizational Psychology?

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.

Acculturation: Definition, Theory & Examples

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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