Psychology (PSYC) 379

Social Psychology (Revision 7)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 289 or 290, or its equivalent is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 379 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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PSYC 379 is designed to introduce students to the field of social psychology, the scientific study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours influence, and are influenced by other people in social situations. The course covers basic theories, concepts, and research about individual processes (e.g., attitude change), interpersonal processes (e.g., aggression), and group processes (e.g., intergroup relations).


  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Doing Psychological Research
  • Unit 3: The Social Self
  • Unit 4: Perceiving Persons
  • Unit 5: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Unit 6: Attitudes
  • Unit 7: Social Influence
  • Unit 8: Group Processes
  • Unit 9: Attraction and Close Relationships
  • Unit 10: Helping Others
  • Unit 11: Aggression


To receive credit for PSYC 379, you must complete course quizzes, a project, and an examination. You must achieve a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

4 Quizzes (5% each) Course Project Final Exam Total
20% 40% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Kassin, S., Fein, S., Marcus, H. R., & Burke, T. (2013). Social Psychology (2nd Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.

Other Materials

The course materials include an assignment booklet, a student manual, and a study guide on the Moodle course website.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 379 challenge registration, you must score at least 50 percent on the exam and obtain a composite mark of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) to pass. If you fail the exam, your exam mark will become the final grade for the challenge.

Research Paper Exam Total
40% 60% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, January 02, 2013.

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Updated August 05 2016 by Student & Academic Services