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Ch 13: AP Psychology: Social Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Social Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach principles of social psychology and organizational 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 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Intro to social psychology
Group behavior
Attribution
Overview of social psychology and the issues it addresses, character and environment
Social facilitation, social loafing, drive theory
Internal and external attributions, stable and unstable causes of behavior
Tuesday Attraction
Conformity
Obedience and authority
Sternberg's triangular model of love
Normative conformity, informational conformity, unanimous beliefs
Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment
WednesdayAttitudes
Halo Effect
Altruism
Cognitive and behavioral components of attitude, classical and operant conditioning,
How traits influence opinion, blind taste test, devil effect
Biological instincts, social exchange theory, bystander effect
Thursday Aggression
Stereotypes
Organizational psychology
Definition of aggression, biological aspects of aggression, frustration-aggression hypothesis
Social identity, social learning, motivational theory, personality theory
Definition and history of organizational psychology, groupthink
FridayOrganizational behavior Defining organizational behavior, other disciples that influence organizational behavior: sociology, anthropology, management, internal perspective, external perspective, effects of the Industrial Revolution

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: AP Psychology: Social Psychology Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Social Psychology: Kurt Lewin & Modern Uses

1. Introduction to Social Psychology: Kurt Lewin & Modern Uses

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 in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

2. Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

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.

Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

3. Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

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.

Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal Attraction

4. Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal 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!

Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence

5. Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence

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 & Authority in Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Experiment

6. Obedience & Authority in Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Experiment

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.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

7. Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

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.

The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment

8. The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment

Have you ever noticed that someone who is really nice seems to be prettier? Or that someone who isn't so nice doesn't look so hot? In this lesson, we'll examine the halo effect, examples of where it can be seen in real life, and its opposite: the devil effect.

What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence

9. What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence

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.

Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

10. Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

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.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

11. What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

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?

12. 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.

What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

13. What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

Organizational behavior is the study of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization. Internal and external perspectives are two theories of how organizational behavior can be viewed by companies.

Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

14. Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

The major behavioral science disciplines that have contributed to the development of organizational behavior are psychology, sociology, anthropology, management and medicine. In this lesson, you'll learn about how these behavioral sciences have influenced the development of organizational behavior.

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