Social Psychology (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Psychology (in English)

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This 45-hour course discusses the influence of social environment on the individual and the practical derivations both in our daily lives and in the professional field, whether educational or business. Students will identify the environmental factors that influence our thoughts, feelings, and reactions in order to analyze how they vary depending on the culture in which they?re developed and the consequences that they have at work and/or in the classroom. What is learned is this course will have a relevant application both to one's personal as well as professional life. The students in this course will also have the option to complement theory learned in the class with various opportunities to serve in the community through which students will be able to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

    This course will develop the following skills:
    1) Cognitive Reasoning:
    ? Know the laws of basic psychosocial processes.
    ? Know the historical evolution of social psychology.
    ? Learn the characteristics of the distinct theoretical models applied in social psychology.
    ? Learn to identify and define social problems.
    ? Train to apply the acquired knowledge to reality.
    ? Know the formation of beliefs and the influence that cultural co-existence has on our worldview.
    ? Know the principles of psychosocial functioning of individuals within the group.

    2) Behavioral Objectives:
    ? Acquire skills of communication, empathy, and assertiveness.
    ? Learn to know and manage one?s own emotional state.
    ? Contribute to work in a group and cooperative skills.
    ? Enhance constructive criticism.
    ? Appreciate cultural diversity.
    ? Build the capacity for analysis and synthesis of information.


    1- Introduction.
    1.1. Concept and objective of Social Psychology.
    1.2. History of Social Psychology.
    1.3. Methods of Social Psychology.
    1.4. Applied Social Psychology.
    1.4.1. Research Interests and Main Areas.
    1.5. The Social Problem.

    Awareness and Psychodrama Workshop. Knowledge of other cultures: Understanding the differences as a positive value.

    2 ? Social construction of reality.
    2.1. Social information processing.
    2.2. Powers and cognitive biases.
    2.3. Stereotypes and national character.
    2.4. First impressions. Effects.
    2.5. Prejudices.
    2.6. Discrimination, racism, and xenophobia.

    Workshop: Non-verbal communication. Reading emotions, feelings, or thoughts from non-verbal communication. Contrast evaluations in terms of culture, experiences, etc.

    3 ? The Self in Social Context
    3.1. Awareness of identity.
    3.2.Models of socialization.
    3.3. Roles.

    Workshop: Role Play and group dynamics. Identification of roles and analysis of the stereotypes and prejudices as well as the perceived influence on others and ourselves.

    4- Interaction.
    4.1. Attitudes: formation and modification. Self-esteem.
    4.2. Relationships in formal groups and informal groups.
    4.3. Leadership and decision making.
    4.3.1. Social influence on group behavior.
    4.3.2. Group dynamics.
    4.3.3. Group communication. Rumors and their effects.
    4.3.4. Public opinion.
    4.4. Mass Communications. Propaganda. Persuasion.
    4.5. Violence and agressiveness.
    4.6. The affective component. Close Relationships. Romantic Relationships. Terror Management Theory.
    4.7. Questions of gender and Social Psychology.
    4.8. Prosocial behavior: altruism vs. selfishness, competitive versus cooperative behavior.

    Workshop: Conflict Management. Conflict as an opportunity to improve and not as a problem, both personally and professionally, and as a foundation for interpersonal relationships in all areas.

    Evaluation of the course:

    Quizzes: 10%
    Attendence and participation: 20%
    Homework: 20%
    Midterm exam: 15%
    Final exam: 15%
    Final research project: 20%

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