PSYC 2606 Social Psychology

Instructor Contact:

Brooke Huibregtse, PhD


About the Course:

This course covers general psychological principles underlying social behavior. Student will analyze major social psychological theories, methods, and topics, including attitudes, conformity, aggression, attraction, social perception, helping behavior, and group relations.

Course Prerequisites: Requires a prerequisite course of PSYC 1001 (minimum grade C-).

Proctoring (if applicable): This course does NOT require proctored examinations.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Recall important terms from social psychology, social cognition, and social neuroscience.
  2. Describe differences in methodology and topical focus among the various subdisciplines that make up the modern field of social psychology.
  3. Apply understanding of evolution and natural selection to discuss human cognition.
  4. Apply understanding of homeostasis to discuss human cognition.
  5. Analyze human cognition at multiple levels of analysis.
  6. Analyze human social cognition with dual-process theory.
  7. Describe and Analyze controversial issues in social psychology, social cognition, and the world.
  8. Synthesize information presented in the course to create original educational content.
  9. Use multiple online technology platforms to complete course requirements.

Required Texts:

This course was designed to use open educational resources (OER), and other free materials. There is not a required a copyrighted textbook and all materials will be accessed through Canvas.

  • The primary course texts are a collection of chapters from an OERonline “textbook”, published by NOBA.
  • For certain other course materials, links are included to other online educational content creators, particularly National Public Radio (NPR)and TED-ed, and to content from various news organizations, including National GeographicThe Conversation, and the New Yorker.
  • Finally, short excerpts from the following books are also included:
    • Bernays, E. L., & Miller, M. C. (1928). Propaganda. Ig publishing.
    • Carnegie, D. (2010). How to win friends and influence people. Simon and Schuster.
    • Cialdini, R. B. (1987). Influence (Vol. 3). A. Michel.
    • Steele, C. M. (2010). Whistling vivaldi. WW Norton & Co.l.

Grading (out of n points):

The course grade is calculated out of 1000 points.

  • Video Creation: 200 pts (2 * 100 pts)
  • Discussion Boards Posts and Peer Grading: 200 pts (14 * 15 pts)
  • Video Questions: 220 pts (22 * 10 pts)
  • Untimed Reading and Podcast Questions: 180 pts (12 * 15 pts)
  • Cumulative Questions: 200 pts (2 * 100 pts)
Video Creation 200 points  (20%)
Discussions & Peer Grading 200 points  (20%)
Video Questions 220 points  (22%)
Untimed Reading & Podcast Questions 180 points (18%)
Cumulative Questions 200 points (20%)
         1000 (100%)



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