PSK 231 social psychology I

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Who in the world am I? Ah that’s the great puzzle.

- Alice in the Wonderland

PSK 231 Social Psychology I

Course Overview
Social psychology is defined as the scientific discipline that attempts to understand and explain how the thought, feeling, and behavior or individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others (Gordon Alport). Social psychology is studied in both psychology and sociology (emphasis on person and society, respectively).

Social psychology should be differentiated from other “social” areas in that the former uses experimental methodology more often. The major aim of the social psychology is to find experimentally gathered evidences (cause-effect relationships) about human behavior in their social environment. If social psychologists are interested in the motion picture Grease (1978) they would examine the perception of Sandra by Danny and his followers, they also try to understand and measure the affect, behavior and cognition of the relationship and the environment in which the love takes place.

Social psychology is not an arm‐chaired science; that is social psychologists do not just theorizing about the things surround them. Rather they make systematic analyses of the questions under investigation. Finally, social psychology is a very different and challenging course. It is about you, by “you” I mean “real you”.

Course Format
Students are expected to have read each week’s reading(s) prior to class and to contribute to class discussion. Each student is expected to come to class prepared to summarize the key points of the readings and to participate in the discussion regarding it.

Grading
I. Creative Essays and Exams (30% of your total grade): In PSK 231course, in addition to formal exams, you are going to be asked to present your knowledge in a critical and creative manner. Although the format is similar to standard examinations, the actual performance is dependent on your skills in analyzing, comprehension and written presentation. For these informed assignments and quizzes you will be able to use any material (books, your notes,… etc.).
II. Mid Term Exam (30% of your total grade): A classic, comprehensive, open-book mid term exam includes all topics discussed in class sessions.
III. Final Exam (40% of your total grade): A classic, comprehensive, open-book final exam includes all topics discussed in class sessions.

Main Reading Materials
Students may be asked to read and comment on some articles about each week’s topic. For related articles, please check out the course’s website. Other main reading materials are listed below.
‣ Aranson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2014). Social psychology (8th. ed.). USA: Pearson.

Suggested Journals
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Psychological Bulletin
Psychological Review
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Social Cognition
Behavioral Neuroscience
Decision
European Psychologist
Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics)

See you on Thursdays (09:00 - 11:50) at G-408.

Weekly Course Schedule

Week 01 (Sep., 27th): Introduction to PSK 231
(Chapter 01)

Week 02 (Oct., 4th): Methodology
(Chapter 02)

Week 03 (Oct., 11th): Social Cognition I
(Chapter 03)
Video: Love has No Labels

Week 04 (Oct., 18th): Social Cognition II
(Chapter 03)