Student Courses

Social Psychology

  • Semester 1

    Sept 4 - Dec 20, 2019 For Members Register

Course Overview

This course is a GOA Learning Studio. Learning Studios explore interdisciplinary topics through student-driven learning. Led by a teacher who designs the overall structure, these courses ask students to craft their own projects based on their interests and develop strong relationships with classmates through frequent conversation and feedback. Students can expect to learn how to identify relevant local and/or global issues to explore deeply, how to craft their own plans for structuring and exploring the issue, how to test new ideas both in and out of class, and how to be an active part of a community of learners. Learning Studios demand a high level of organizational and interpersonal skills, curiosity, determination, and flexibility.

Social psychology examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. Students design research projects that explore contemporary issues relevant to this course, including but not limited to social media, advertising, peer pressure, and social conflict. In order to equip students to do this work, the course begins with an overview of research methods in psychology as well as several historical studies by Solomon Asch, Stanley Milgram, and Philip Zimbardo. Students develop foundational knowledge of social psychology by exploring a diversity of topics, including attitudes and actions, group behavior, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal relationships, conformity, attraction, and persuasion. The capstone project of this course is student-designed research project that will be submitted for publication, presentation to an audience, or used to catalyze change in local communities.

NCAA-approved course

UC-approved course

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