PSY141 - Social Psychology

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Subject Title
Social Psychology

Subject Description
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, interact, influence and relate to others.  The course will emphasize understanding about how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations.  Of particular importance will be the study of the individual, their thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.Describe the methods, theories, and practical applications of the field of social psychology
2.Understand and explain the role of thoughts and moods in understanding the world.
3.Appreciate the effects of attitudes on thoughts, behaviors, and susceptibility to persuasion attempts.
4.Form a more complex understanding of the formation of self-concept, and the importance of ones? own social identity.
5.Apply theories of prejudice and discrimination to real-world situations in order to gain a better understanding of these social problems and how they can be alleviated.
6.Explain how relationships (both romantic and platonic) are formed, maintained, and sometimes end.
7.Discriminate among the various kinds of social influence, and develop an understanding of why people often allow others to influence their behavior.
8.Understand the complex array of factors that lead people to either hurt or help each other.
9.Apply theories of the impact of groups on individual behavior to real-world decision making.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Corequisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline

  • The Field of Social Psychology
  • Social Perception and Social Cognition
  • Attitudes
  • Personal and Social Identities
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Relationships: From Attraction to Parting
  • Social Influence
  • Prosocial Behavior and Aggression
  • Groups and Individual Behaviour
  • Applied Social Psychology

Mode of Instruction

Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

* Students interested in pursuing  online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts
David G. Myers & Steven M. Smith, Exploring Social Psychology, Fourth edition, Canadian Higher Education.  ISBN 9781259259043

Reference Material
Lesko, W.A. (2003). Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections (5th Ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0-205-33807-0)

Additional readings may be assigned by the instructor. Further details about these readings will be provided during class time.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

10 Lecture Exercises 30%
4 Multiple Choice Online Quizzes  20%
Journal Assignment 30%
Discussion Board 10%
Action Learning Assignment 10%

Student Success:
Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.
Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. 

Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's  academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood