PSYC 3621: Social Psychology II

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.

Learning outcomes

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 topics

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 or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. 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.

  1. 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 12.5%
Assignment 2 – Prosocial Behaviour or Aggression 12.5%
Assignment 3 – Groups and Individuals 12.5%
Assignment 4 – Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life 12.5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%

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.

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