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Course SummaryThis Social Psychology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach social psychology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes into your lessons and take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this social psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of social psychology, from research methods and social cognition to self-perception and group decision making. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific social psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like attitude inoculation or the attachment theory of love. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the priming effect includes key terms like schema, priming, and perceptual salience.
As you work on your social psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like applied social psychology if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity, or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like self-perception theory and groupthink.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from theoretical perspectives in social psychology to the role of social support in stress management, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on experimental methods or group psychology? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about counterfactional thinking, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on attitudes and persuasion, you can point your students to the transcripts on implicit and explicit attitudes, subliminal messages, and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the major themes of social psychology to key experiments in the field, such as Milgram's study of obedience.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on social cognition? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some of the factors affecting people's attitudes?
Below is a sketch of the social psychology syllabus modeled on a 9-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Social Psychology||Major themes and perspectives in social psychology: social cognition, sociocultural, evolutionary and social learning perspectives|
|Week 2||Research Methods and Ethics||Research and experimental design, ethnography, quantitative and qualitative research, research validity and reliability, research ethics|
|Week 3||Social Cognition & Perception||Knowledge organization, the priming effect, heuristics, self-fulfilling prophecies, counterfactual thinking|
|Week 4||The Self in a Social Context||Self-perception theory, self-awareness theory, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, impression management, self-serving attributions|
|Week 5||Attitudes and Persuasion||The ABC model of attitudes, implicit and explicit attitudes, persuasion techniques, theory of planned behavior|
|Week 6||Group Decisions||Idiosyncrasy credit, group psychology, injunctive and descriptive group norms, social roles, Asch's line experiment, leadership styles|
|Week 7||Attraction & Close Relationships||The Propinquity Effect, the Halo Effect, Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, Social Exchange Theory, disengagement strategies|
|Week 8||Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination||Sexism, gender stereotypes, ingroups and outgroups, stereotype threat, contact hypothesis, realistic contact theory|
|Week 9||Applied Social Psychology||Altruism, prosocial behavior, negative state relief theory, the Bystander Effect, the Misinformation Effect, deterrence theory|
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