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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2006

PSY 319K • Social Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44795 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
TAY 2.006
Seyle

Course Description

Social psychology is the branch of psychology dedicated to the study of normal humans interacting in a social environment. This class will provide an introduction into this important field of study. This class will give an overview of basic concepts in social psychology, then develop these concepts by looking at specific areas of research such as aggression, romantic relationships, group conflict, and prejudice. At several points in the semester the class will focus on the research on specific, narrow questions of interest as well as more general areas. The goal of this class is to provide students with a background in the scientific study of human behavior that will allow them to critically examine claims made about the causes of behavior and develop an understanding of how humans influence each otherës thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Grading Policy

+Four in-class exams, equal in length. Each test will be 40 MC questions and 2 short answer questions = 5 points each, totaling 50 points per exam. +No comprehensive final examination. +The lowest test score will be dropped, and the final score will be out of 150 points

Texts

Fiske, Susan T (2004). Social Beings: A Core Motives Approach to Social Psychology, 1st edition. Wiley & Sons.

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