What you'll learn
WEEK 1: Social Perceptions and Misperceptions
WEEK 2: The Psychology of Self-Presentation and Persuasion
WEEK 3: Obedience, Conformity, and Deindividuation
WEEK 4: Group Behavior: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
WEEK 5: Mid-Course Break
WEEK 6: Helping, Hurting, and Peacemaking
WEEK 7: A Happy End to the Course
Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course-which includes more than $1,000 of video and reading materials-offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology. Students taking the course for a Certificate will also receive free membership in Social Psychology Network (SocialPsychology.org).
COURSE DESCRIPTION FROM PROFESSOR PLOUS: Each of us is dealt a different hand in life, but we all face similar questions when it comes to human behavior: What leads us to like one person and dislike another? How do conflicts and prejudices develop, and how can they be reduced? Can psychological research help protect the environment, and if so, how? This course offers a brief introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics such as decision making, persuasion, group behavior, personal attraction, and factors that promote health and well-being. Our focus will be on surprising, entertaining, and intriguing research findings that are easy to apply in daily life. The course will also draw from the websites of Social Psychology Network, the world’s largest online community devoted to social psychology. I hope you’ll join me for this course, have fun, and learn some useful information that enriches your life.
Access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
Motivation to learn!
There are no special materials or prerequisite knowledge required for this course.
Who this course is for
Students who are new to this field
Students willing to put in a couple hours to learn about Social Psychology
Advanced students wanting to add another skill to their portfolio
Scott Plous – Professor of Psychology; Executive Director, Social Psychology Network; recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching – Department of Psychology
This course includes
Option for learning at your own pace
Videos and reading material about the course
Assessed tasks with feedback from other course participants
Evaluated tests with feedback
Evaluated programming tasks