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PSYC 2606 Social Psychology

About the Course

Social psychology is designed to introduce you to a variety of theories, concepts, perspectives, and research from one of the most dynamic fields of contemporary psychology. Social psychology is a fundamental course for the student of psychology; it draws on knowledge collected from research in many areas of psychology including neuroscience, personality theory, psychotherapy, cognition, memory, human development, stress, and health. Students will develop an understanding of key concepts and how these concepts are used to analyze social behavior and the social significance of groups. We will explore the methods, empirical findings, and major theoretical perspectives underpinning basic and applied research on social psychology. Throughout this course, we will explore a broad spectrum of social thinking and behavior that may ultimately help us to understand more about ourselves.

Grade Breakdown

Sixty percent of the course grade is based on your performance on the final examination and forty percent is based on performance on the individual unit assignments.

Required Text

Myers, D. G. (2002). Social Psychology (seventh edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Instructor Contact

Brett King holds a doctorate in psychology and has published on subjects ranging from forensic psychology to sport psychology to the history of science. As a faculty member of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, he has written two books on psychology and his scholarly work has been translated into several languages.

Dr. King has won numerous teaching awards and, after only four years on campus, he was honored as CU Boulder’s “Best Professor” in a campus-wide student poll conducted by The Colorado Daily, CU Boulder’s campus newspaper. Along with the General Psychology course, he also teaches online CE courses on PSYC2602 Social Psychology, PSYC4303 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC4511 History of Psychology.

His debut novel, The Radix, appeared in 2010 and was released in trade paperback in October 2011. His thriller draws heavily on King’s long-standing interest in the history of psychology and medicine, as does the second book in his series, The False Door, scheduled for release in 2012. King also serves as a feature editor for the International Thriller Writers webzine, The Big Thrill.

Outside of academia and fiction, his time and interest are devoted to his wife, Cheri (also a psychologist and the course instructor for a separate correspondence course, PSYC2145 Introductory Cognitive Psychology) and their twin sons and a daughter. He also enjoys reading (mostly biographies, historical books, and novels), hiking, cheering on the Denver Broncos, cinema, music, art history and exploring the scenic riches of his native Colorado, both above and below ground.

You may contact Dr. King at the following e-mail address:brett.king@colorado.edu

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