PSY1971 Social Psychology

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PSY1971 Social Psychology

In this course, we will explore, discuss, and evaluate the science of social psychology. We will examine a variety of topics pertaining to the myriad ways in which people behave within various social contexts.

In this course you will become familiar with basic principles in social psychology.   It will introduce you to the empirical literature on the science of social behavior. This course will enable you to better apply what you learn, to actual examples, both in psychological research and in everyday life.


The goal of this course is for you to understand the ideas and methods that form the foundation of the field, and to apply these ideas during this course.  Social psychology is the scientific study of the way individuals think, feel, and behave in social situations. Beyond learning the content of the course material, an important goal of the class is to help you think critically about the nature of human behavior and how to apply the information you learn in this course in your daily lives.

By the end of this course all students should:

  • Understand affect, behavior and cognition
  • Know how to utilize critical thinking skills in social psychology
  • Understand Initial impression forming
  • Understand Social cognition and attitudes
  • Have knowledge in use of expectations
  • Examined Individual and cultural differences
  • Examined reduction in discrimination

Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

 “Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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  • (2017) “5. Global Business Etiquette.” Rachid Bendaoud
  • (2016) Etiquette Lesson for Kids and Teens by Camilla Carter
  • (2016) Workplace Etiquette by Brendan Ng 
  • (2015) Principles of Social Psychology The University of Minnesota
    • Chapter 1: Different Cultures have Different Norms (pg. 17-20)
    • 1.2 Affect, Behavior and Cognition (pg. 25-30)
    • 2.2 How We Use Our Expectations (pg. 78-98)
    • 6.1 Initial Impression Forming (pg. 274-291)
    • 6.3 Individual and Cultural Differences in Person Perception (pg. 311-321)
    • 12.3 Reducing Discrimination (pg. 648-662)
  • Covering Business Credit. Office Etiquette. Joanne Dunn, Joanne Dunn & Associates and Michael C. Dennis  
  • Houston Chronicle. Golden Rule in Business Etiquette. Eric Feigenbaum, Demand Media 
  • (2013) Good Manners: What to Say and Do by Rebecca Ezekiel 
  • (2013) Bad Manners: What Not to Say or Do by Rebecca Ezekiel  
  • (2012) “Episode 23: Why is Culture Important in International Business?” Michael Czinkota