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.
- 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
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
The following textbooks would have been purchased in PSYC 3611. Students who did not take PSYC
3611 and/or don't already own the required textbooks, will need to purchase it. 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
- 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
This textbook can be purchased directly from the TRU bookstore site at: https://thebookstore.tru.ca/site_digital.asp
- Baron, R. A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2019). Revel for Social psychology + Access
Card. (14th ed.). New York: Pearson.
Type: e-Text Access Card. ISBN: 9780134625386
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact email@example.com with any questions about this.
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 Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.