Social Psychology Distance Learning course

By: ACS Distance Education  29/06/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

Find out more about Social Psychology with this 100 hour distance learning course. There are ten lessons. – Lesson 1. Social Cognition • Introduction to social psychology • What is social psychology • Impression formation • Behaviour • Appearance • Expectations • The primary affect • Attribution • Schemas and social perception • Central traits • Stereotypes • Social inference and decision making • Case Study: social psychology and law Lesson 2. The Self • Introduction • Self concept • Present and ideal selves • Cognitive dissonance • Experiments into cognitive dissonance • Reducing cognitive dissonance • Self efficacy • How does the self develop • Self and social feedback • Socialisation • Types of socialisation • How are we socialised Lesson 3. Attribution and Perception of Others • Attribution theory • Attribution and Consensus, consistency, distinctiveness • Attribution errors • Culture and attributional style • Criticisms of the theory • Practical uses of attribution theory Lesson 4. Attitudes and Attitude Change • Defining attitude • Characteristics of attitudes • ABC of attitudes • Affective elements of attitude • Behavioural elements of attitude • Self attribution • Specificity • Constraints • Cognitive elements of attitude • Attitude formation • Factors affecting attitude change Lesson 5. Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotypes • Introduction • What is prejudice • Functions of prejudice • How we measure prejudice • In groups and out groups • Reducing prejudice • Stereotypes • Functions of stereotypes • Dangers of using stereotypes • Changing stereotypes • Discrimination Lesson 6. Interpersonal Attraction • Introduction • Theories of attraction • The social exchange theory • The reinforcement affect model • Factors affecting interpersonal attraction • Physical appearance • Biological underpinnings • Similarity • Familiarity • Positive regard • Misattribution of emotions • Proximity • Attachment styles • Cultural similarities • An evolutionary perspective • The cost of sex Lesson 7. Helping Behaviour • Bystander intervention • Diffusion of responsibility • Social facilitation • Compliance • Obedience • Conformity • Why do people conform • Factors affecting conformity • Desire for affiliation • Reinforcement and punishment • Obedience to authority • Why does social influence work Lesson 8. Aggression • Introduction • Types of aggression • Theoretical approaches to aggression: Freudian, Drive theories, Social learning theories, Biological and evolutionary theories • Aggression against outsiders • Aggression in a species • Aggression in humans • Environmental influences on human aggression • Imitation or modelling • Familiarity • Reinforcement • Aggression and Culture • Other factors Lesson 9. Groups • What is a group • Kinds of groups; recreational, social, work, family, sporting Features of groups • Factors relating to groups: productivity, social loafing, insufficient coordination, social facilitation • Group decision making: group think, group polarisation, minority influence • Deindividualisation Lesson 10. Cultural Influences • Defining culture • Culture and social exchange • Individualistic vs reciprocal societies • Cross cultural psychology vs cultural psychology • Culture bound syndromes • Trance and possession disorder Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Psychology/SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGY-BPS205--485.aspx

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