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.
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
- 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
PSYC 3621 is divided into six units. Following are the topics for each unit:
Unit 1: Social Identity
Unit 2: Social Influence
Unit 3: Prosocial Behaviour
Unit 4: Aggression
Unit 5: Groups and Individuals
Unit 6: Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life
Required text and materials
This is a companion course to PSYC 3611. Therefore, the materials listed below would have been
purchased with your enrollment in PSYC 3611.
If you did not take PSYC 3611 (previously PSYC 361) and do not already own the required
materials, please be aware that you will need to purchase them. To do so, please contact
Enrolment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711
(toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- Baron, R. A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2019). Social psychology, Revel + Access Card.
(14th ed.). New York: Pearson.
Type: eText Access Card, ISBN: 9780134625386
Note: Students registering for the course will receive an Access Card with access to the eText
and Revel by mail via Canada Post, arriving within 5-10 business days.
- Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Eds.). (2020). Readings about the social animal (12th
ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-4641-7872-6.
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 Identity
|Assignment 2 – Prosocial Behaviour or Aggression
|Assignment 3 – Groups and Individuals
|Assignment 4 – Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life
|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.