Social Psychology: How Attitudes and Relationships Shape Human Behavior

Course Description

Do you ever wonder why seemingly good people do bad things? Why are we attracted to some people and dislike others? How are some people so good at influencing others while others sit on the fringes? Social psychology helps us understand and answer these types of questions. It is the study of how our social context shapes and influences how we think, feel and behave.

This course will provide an introduction to research and theory in social psychology. Topics covered will include social thinking (e.g., social identity, the judgment of others), social influence (persuasion, conformity, and obedience), and social relations (e.g., group dynamics, prejudice, attraction, helping behavior).

During this class, students will learn to:

  • Identify and understand major concepts and social psychological theories
  • Apply social psychological theories to common scenarios in life
  • Analyze and critique social psychological research
  • Demonstrate writing and public speaking abilities
Through a combination of class discussions and demonstrations, reading, and hands-on activities, students will explore the connections between the individual and their social environment. The course will serve as a foundation for those interested in basic and/or clinical psychology topics.


No specific prior experience or knowledge is required, however students should be excited and motivated to test theories learned in class to every day scenarios in their own lives.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Jennifer Primack
Course Number: 10331