Social Psychology (PSYC401)

Social Psychology (PSYC401)

  1. Module Title: Social Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 401
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)

Course Description:

This course introduces a scientific study of how we as humans interact with and influence each other. The field of social psychology covers a broad range of topics with far-reaching practical implications. This course will provide students with an introduction to the basic principles, theories, and research results of social psychology. Throughout this course, students will learn the basic psychological principles that shape the ways we make sense of ourselves, other people, and the world. Students will also examine how human thinking and behaviours are influenced – sometimes disproportionately – by various social contexts, from group membership and interpersonal relationships to society and culture. Topics such as person perception, social thinking, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, love, hate, helping, hurting, group decision making will be covered.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
The learning will:
Assessment Criteria
The learner can:
1. Develop an understanding of key theories and how these theories are used to analyze social behaviour 1.1 Demonstrate the scientific mindset of generating research hypotheses, measures, and methods of testing the hypotheses

1.2 Explain basic assumptions and research findings regarding social perception, influence, and relations

1.3 Explain applications and their limitations of social psychology theories in promoting business productivity as well as physical and mental health

2. Explore the methods, empirical findings, and major theoretical perspectives underpinning basic and applied research on social psychology. 2.1 Apply well-reasoned methods to detect and analyse patterns of social phenomena for day-to-day situations (e.g., those in work and interpersonal interactions)


Delivery and Study Plan

24 hours of lecture-cum-discussions over 9 weeks.

This module requires a mixture of lecture and self-study activities to assimilate the information covered. As per most institutes offering tertiary education, students should engage in an appropriate amount of self-study each week involving critical reflections.


Assessment summary

Form of assessments include Class Participation, Quizzes, Term Paper, Group Presentation and Examination.


Course Schedule


Lesson Topics
  • What Is Social Psychology?
  • Doing Social Psychology Research
  • The Social Self
  • Perceiving Persons
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Attitudes
  • Conformity
  • Group Processes
  • Attraction and Close Relationships
  • Helping Others
  • Aggression
  • Law
  • Business
L9 Group Presentations
L11 Examination


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