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Introduction to Social Psychology

This course is organized as an introduction to theory and empirical research in the area of social psychology. At its core, social psychology is the systematic study of the nature and causes of human social behaviour. We first consider what comprises a systematic method for studying human behaviour. We then cover a variety of substantive topics that are of particular interest to social psychologists, including: early socialization and the development of self and identity, social perception and cognition, and the social basis for altruism and aggression. In the second section of the course we adopt a broader social psychological lens in order to consider individual and group-level processes pertaining to conformity, productivity and leadership. We conclude by considering the social psychology of collective behaviour and crowds.

SOC PSY 1Z03

Introduction to Social Psychology

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): I Term(s): Summer Offered?: Yes

This course is organized as an introduction to theory and empirical research in the area of social psychology. At its core, social psychology is the systematic study of the nature and causes of human social behaviour. We first consider what comprises a systematic method for studying human behaviour. We then cover a variety of substantive topics that are of particular interest to social psychologists, including: early socialization and the development of self and identity, social perception and cognition, and the social basis for altruism and aggression. In the second section of the course we adopt a broader social psychological lens in order to consider individual and group-level processes pertaining to conformity, productivity and leadership. We conclude by considering the social psychology of collective behaviour and crowds.


Paul Glavin

Assistant Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in the Faculty of Social Sciences