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Social Psychology Research Project

Throughout your experience in the Social Psychology program, you have been exposed to different theoretical perspectives, research techniques, and a vast area of different subjects and topics within the field of social psychology. This course builds on your earlier learning experiences to provide you with an experiential component by completing your own group-based research project. Students will be grouped into research teams of 4-6 students depending on class size, based on shared research interests. Students are able to conduct research on any area/topic of interest within social psychology and use either quantitative (a survey) or qualitative (interviews) methods to investigate their research question(s). The one condition is that research must only be conducted with adults who are able to give consent; no research with vulnerable populations is allowed. There are no exceptions. The course is divided into four sections. In the first part of the course, we will explore theoretical perspectives in social psychology, as well as substantive areas within the field. The second part of the course will begin to explore the research process: we will begin to examine the steps in the research process, such as identifying and developing research questions, finding resources and conducting a literature, as well as research methodology in social psychology, including research ethics. The third part of the course focuses on collecting and analyzing data, as well as the commencement of group field work. The final part of the course discusses writing research papers, research-to-action initiatives, and dissemination.

SOC PSY 4ZZ6 A/B

Social Psychology Research Project

Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Winter Offered?: No

Throughout your experience in the Social Psychology program, you have been exposed to different theoretical perspectives, research techniques, and a vast area of different subjects and topics within the field of social psychology. This course builds on your earlier learning experiences to provide you with an experiential component by completing your own group-based research project. Students will be grouped into research teams of 4-6 students depending on class size, based on shared research interests. Students are able to conduct research on any area/topic of interest within social psychology and use either quantitative (a survey) or qualitative (interviews) methods to investigate their research question(s). The one condition is that research must only be conducted with adults who are able to give consent; no research with vulnerable populations is allowed. There are no exceptions. The course is divided into four sections. In the first part of the course, we will explore theoretical perspectives in social psychology, as well as substantive areas within the field. The second part of the course will begin to explore the research process: we will begin to examine the steps in the research process, such as identifying and developing research questions, finding resources and conducting a literature, as well as research methodology in social psychology, including research ethics. The third part of the course focuses on collecting and analyzing data, as well as the commencement of group field work. The final part of the course discusses writing research papers, research-to-action initiatives, and dissemination.


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the Honours Social Psychology program.