PSYC 3611

Social Psychology I

3.0 Credits


Students are introduced to the field of social psychology, focussing on how we think about and interact with others. Topics include personal perception, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and interpersonal relations.

Delivery Methods

Print, self-paced and Online, self-paced


PSYC 1111 : Introductory Psychology I and PSYC 1211 : Introductory Psychology II

Recommended Prerequisites:PSYC 2111 : Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology


PSYC 3611 has five main objectives, which correspond approximately to the four course units. By completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline the procedures social psychologists use to test hypotheses about the behaviour of individuals and of groups.
  • Discuss the processes through which people perceive and attempt to understand others.
  • Explain how attitudes are formed and changed, and how they are related to behaviour.
  • Discuss the origins and effects of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Discuss the factors that influence our liking for other individuals and that lead to the formation of close relationships.

Course Outline

PSYC 3611: Social Psychology I has four units, four assignments, and a final exam. Following is a list of the units and their related chapters in Branscombe and Baron's Social Psychology. For a complete list of all the required resources you will use in each unit, refer to the "Readings Chart."

Unit 1: Social Psychology as a Science and Social Cognition

Unit 2: Social Cognition and Attitudes

Unit 3: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Unit 4: Close Relationships

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Baron, R A. and N R. Branscombe. Social Psychology, Books a la Carte.. 14th ed. New York: Pearson, 2017.
    Type: ISBN 978-0-1345-6198-1
    Type: unbound textbook

This is the main textbook for both PSYC 3611 and PSYC 3621. In PSYC 3611, you will study chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. Chapters 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are covered in PSYC 3621.

  1. Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Eds.).. Readings About The Social Animal. 11th ed. New York, NY: Worth Publishers, 2012.
    Type: ISBN 13: 978-1-4292-3342-2 and ISBN 10: 1-4292-3342-7
    Type: textbook

Additional Requirements

Access to the Internet is required for this course in order to use the online resources.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 Unit 1: Social Psychology as a Science and Social Cognition 15%
Assignment 2 Unit 2: Social Perception and Attitudes 15%
Assignment 3 Unit 3: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination 10%
Assignment 4 Unit 4: Liking, Love and Other Close Relationships 10%
Final Exam * 50%