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.
- 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.
Unit 1: Social Psychology as a Science and Social Cognition
Unit 2: Social Perception and Attitudes
Unit 3: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Unit 4: Close Relationships
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Eds.). (2020). Readings about the social animal. (12th
ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Type: Textbook ISBN 13: 978-1-4641-7872-6
Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the TRU
bookstore site at:
- Baron, R. A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2019). Social psychology, Revel combo access
card. (14th ed.). New York: Pearson.
Type: e-Text via access card. ISBN: 9780134625386
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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― Social Psychology as a Science and Social Cognition
|Assignment 2― Social Perception and Attitudes
|Assignment 3― Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
|Assignment 4― Liking, Love and Other Close Relationships
|Final Exam (mandatory)
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.