PSYC 3621
Social Psychology II

3.0 Credits


This course aims to expand students' knowledge of human behaviour and thought in social context. Topics include self-concept, self-esteem, and gender identity - the elements of social identity; conformity, compliance, and obedience - processes that influence social behaviour; altruism; causes and control of aggression; and group performance, including group decision-making and leadership. Before completion of the course, students examine applications of social psychology principles in six areas: population control, health promotion, the environment, law, politics, and the workplace.

Delivery Method

Print, self-paced and Online, self-paced


PSYC 3611. Recommended: PSYC 2111


PSYC 3621 has six main objectives, which correspond approximately to the six course units. By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the multiple aspects of self as components of personal and social identity, and their relationship to social comparison and self esteem.
  • Explain the processes of social influence, including conformity, compliance, and obedience.
  • Describe the conditions under which people will, or will not, provide help to others.
  • Discuss the causes and control of aggression.
  • Discuss the processes of group performance, including group decision making and leadership.

Course Outline

PSYC 3621 has six units, four assignments, and a final exam. Following is a list of the units, together with the related chapters in the 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 Identity

  • Chapter 4: The Self: Understanding "Who Am I?"

Unit 2: Social Influence

  • Chapter 8: Social Influence: Changing Others' Behaviour

Unit 3: Prosocial Behaviour

  • Chapter 9: Prosocial Behaviour: Helping Others

Unit 4: Aggression

  • Chapter 10: Aggression: Its Nature, Causes, and Control

Unit 5: Groups and Individuals

  • Chapter 11: Groups and Individuals: The Consequences of Belonging

Unit 6: Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life

  • Chapter 12: Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

This is a companion course to PSYC 3611. Therefore, the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required in PSYC 3611.

If you did not take PSYC 3611 and don't already own the required materials, please be aware that you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact Enrolment Services by phone at 1.800.663.9711.

Students who did NOT take TRU-OL'S PSYC 3611 (previously PSYC 361) will need to obtain the following texts.

  1. Branscombe, N. R., & Baron, R. A. Social Psychology. 14th ed. New York: Pearson, 2017.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN 13: 978-0-13-441096-8 ISBN 10: 0-13-441096-3

The 14th edition provides the most up-to-date information on important research and trends in the field. Chapters 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are covered in PSYC 3621.

  1. Aronson, Joshua, and Elliot Aronson, (Eds.). Readings About The Social Animal. 11th ed. New York, NY: Worth Publishers, 2012.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-4292-3342-2

Additional Requirements

Print Students will require access to the internet to view videos.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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.

Essay 1 12%
Essay 2 12%
Essay 3 13%
Essay 4 13%
Final Exam * 50%

* Mandatory