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Change Type
Major
PSY (Psychology)
311
018520
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Social Psychology
Social Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Psychology (16PSY)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Laboratory0.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. Jeni L. Burnette
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture16555YesNA
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: PSY 200 or PSY 201
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSYCHBAGeneral PsychologyRequired
Theory and research on how individuals respond and are responded to in social situations. Topics include attitude formation and change, affiliation, attraction, self and interpersonal perception, interpersonal relationships, aggression, helping behavior, intergroup behavior, and group dynamics.

no change


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of various topics within the field of social psychology so that they can gain insight into the role of social influence on human behavior and mental processes.
 
 
Students will take several examinations, including a comprehensive final exam, which tests their knowledge of course content.

Example test item:
The social psychological theory that suggests that we seek self-esteem because it is an important indicator of belonging and inclusion is:
A. Terror Management Theory
B. Social Comparison Theory
C. Self-Control Theory
D. Self-Evaluation Maintenance Theory
E. Sociometer Theory
 
 
Students will be able to critically evaluate psychological phenomena they observe inside and outside of a laboratory, demonstrating their knowledge of the scientific method as applied within the field of social psychology.
 
 
Students take a research methods quiz, which tests their knowledge regarding the appropriateness of various research designs as well as their skill in interpreting analytic results.

Example quiz item:
A researcher finds a correlation between two variables: the more cotton candy people eat, the more satisfied they are with their relationships. Which of the following possible causal explanations includes a possible third variable?
A. cotton candy causes people’s satisfaction with their relationship
B. people satisfied with their relationships feel compelled to eat cotton candy
C. people who are eating cotton candy are usually at a Hurricanes Game, and watching hockey together is really what makes them feel satisfied with their relationship
D. there are no possible third variable explanations
 
 
Students will be able to examine how psychological concepts and theories from the field of social psychology (e.g. interpersonal relationship development, response interference, stereotyping, dissonance theory, reciprocity) apply to themselves, others, and the intricacies of human relationships.
 
 
Student’s ability to apply course concepts to real-world application is assessed through both exam items and the 1 page critical analysis paper.

Example prompt:
In one page, explain the most important one new thought you have had that is based on a concept discussed in this class. Your assignment is to write about that one new thought describing how it will help you function better in your everyday life.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
none
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
na
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
PSY 200 (Introduction to Psychology)
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
- Social Psychology (11th ed.) by David G. Myers. $200 at NCSU Bookstore.

- Research Methods. Chapter 2 of Research Companion for Social Psychology by Mary Inman. On researve.

- Molden, D. C. & Dweck, C. S. (2006). Finding “meaning” in psychology: A lay theories approach to self-regulation, social perception, and social development. American Psychologist, 61, 192-203. On reserve.

- Davies, P., Spencer, S., & Steele, C. (2005). Clearing the Air: Identity Safety Moderates the Effects of Stereotype Threat on Women's Leadership Aspirations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 276-287. On reserve.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
see syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none
NA

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of various topics within the field of social psychology so that they can gain insight into the role of social influence on human behavior and mental processes. 

2. critically evaluate psychological phenomena they observe inside and outside of a laboratory, demonstrating their knowledge of the scientific method as applied within the field of social psychology.

3. examine how psychological concepts and theories from the field of social psychology (e.g. interpersonal relationship development, response interference, stereotyping, dissonance theory, reciprocity) apply to themselves, others, and the intricacies of human relationships.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test10%50 points total. In the first unit, we will cover research methods and theory in social psychology, which will be followed by a short quiz drawn from the Unit 1 lectures, articles and from Chapter 1.
Multiple exams80%100 points each; 400 points total. The first three exams will test material covered during that unit. The final exam is cumulative. Exams will be primarily multiple choice, with some exams incorporating short answer.
Short Paper10%50 points total. Students describe the most important one new thought they have had that is based on a concept discussed in this class. They write about that one new thought describing how it will help them function better in your everyday life.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Research Methods1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers, D.G (11ed.) Social Psychology, Chpt. 1
• Read 2 assigned articles
The Self1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 2
Beliefs, Judgements, Attitudes & Behavior2 wks• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt 3 & 4
Gender & Culture1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 5
Conformity & Obedience1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 6
Persuasion1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 7
Group Influence1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 8
Prejudice2 wks.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 9
• Read assigned article
Aggression1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 10
Attraction2 wk. • Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 11
Helping1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 12
Conflict & Peace1 wk.• Lecture on reading
• Read Myers Chpt. 13
Summary & Overview1 wk.• Q & A Review

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