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Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 
Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SYG 2300 - Introduction to Social Psychology

3 hours Lecture, 3 credits
Lower-Division College Credit
Prerequisite(s): Requires placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading and writing.
AA Elective: Yes
This course presents the concept of self and others, both emotionally and behaviorally. Emphasis is on development of personal communication and emotional growth. Research studied in this course spans both sociology and psychology, and explores the social forces that shape perception, attitude, behavior, personality, and formation of self. Additionally, students study group structures and processes, including how group membership influences individuals and how individuals influence groups. Specific topics include self- and attitude-formation and change, gender roles and identity, and cross-cultural variation. Students examine group processes including conformity and decision making, persuasion techniques, and brainwashing used in advertising and religious cults. The processes of attraction and falling in love, prejudice formation, and conflict and aggression are also studied. Research from social psychology is applied to the fields of law, criminal justice, and teaching, as well as to clinical practice.

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