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PSY 505 Social Psychology: A Survey

(Interdisciplinary: psychology and sociology/First semester/3 credits) 

The scientific study of the social behavior of individuals as they interact with other individuals. Topics include: perception of others, affiliation, interpersonal attraction, aggression, small group dynamics, leadership, conformity, conflict, group decision making, altruism, attitude formation and change. Facts and theories are presented and applied to broader social questions such as racial prejudice, interpersonal relationships, women’s roles and the effects of urbanization. Many in-class projects are undertaken to illustrate course materials. A basic human sciences course.