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Social Psychology in Action

This course will provide an introduction to Applied Social Psychology, wherein we will explore the application of social psychological methods, theories, principles, and research findings to the understanding and/or alleviation of social problems and contemporary issues. Applied Social Psychology covers a diverse set of research areas, and focuses on social problems that affect such variables as relationships, diversity issues, organizational systems, the justice system, education, the environment, personal health and the health care industry, and community concerns. The methodologies employed, common theoretical underpinnings, and the interest in social issues tie these areas together. In this course, an overview of the historical roots of Applied Social Psychology will be presented. This will be followed by a review of key Social Psychological theories and perspectives, and research techniques employed within the field. The applications of these theories and methods in our social world will then be explored, as they relate to a selection of empirical topic areas. Through lectures, discussions, readings and reflections, students will acquire a thorough grounding in the practical application of Social Psychological theories and perspectives to contemporary social issues – and the relevance of Applied Social Psychology in understanding our social world.

SOC PSY 3Y03

Social Psychology in Action

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: No

This course will provide an introduction to Applied Social Psychology, wherein we will explore the application of social psychological methods, theories, principles, and research findings to the understanding and/or alleviation of social problems and contemporary issues. Applied Social Psychology covers a diverse set of research areas, and focuses on social problems that affect such variables as relationships, diversity issues, organizational systems, the justice system, education, the environment, personal health and the health care industry, and community concerns. The methodologies employed, common theoretical underpinnings, and the interest in social issues tie these areas together. In this course, an overview of the historical roots of Applied Social Psychology will be presented. This will be followed by a review of key Social Psychological theories and perspectives, and research techniques employed within the field. The applications of these theories and methods in our social world will then be explored, as they relate to a selection of empirical topic areas. Through lectures, discussions, readings and reflections, students will acquire a thorough grounding in the practical application of Social Psychological theories and perspectives to contemporary social issues – and the relevance of Applied Social Psychology in understanding our social world.


Meridith Griffin

Assistant Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in Honours Social Psychology.