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Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about social psychology. There is no faster or easier way to learn about social psychology. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about group behavior, stereotypes, organizational psychology and the halo effect.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Social Psychology unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Social Psychology Unit Objectives:
- Explore group behavior, attribution, attraction and conformity.
- Discuss the relationship between obedience and authority.
- Learn about attitudes, altruism, aggression and stereotypes.
- Explain how the 'halo effect' can influence personal relationships.
- Apply psychology to the workplace through the study of organizational behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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