Psychology (PSYC) 379

Social Psychology (Revision 6)

PSYC 379 Course website

Revision 6 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study. Online enhanced.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

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

Centre: Centre for Psychology

PSYC 379 has a Challenge for Credit option.

The course has a website that includes online materials, including online quizzes.

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PSYC 379 is designed to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge of social psychology. The course is based on a scientific approach to social psychology. While it provides a survey of the whole field, it also highlights the centres of current action such as social cognition, and the application of social psychology to such fields as law and health.


Chapter 1: Introducing Social Psychology, and Research and Research Methods

Chapter 2: Social Perception and Cognition

Chapter 3: The Social Self

Chapter 4: Values and Attitudes

Chapter 5: Changing Attitudes

Chapter 6: Changing Behaviour

Chapter 7: Language and Communication

Chapter 8: Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships

Chapter 9: Prosocial Behaviour

Chapter 10: Cooperation and Conflict

Chapter 11: Aggression and Violence

Chapter 12: Social Categorization, Groups, and Leadership

Chapter 13: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Sexism

Chapter 15: Social Psychology of Justice and the Law

Chapter 16: Health and Illness


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 “D” (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


Alcock, J. E., Carment, D. W., & Sadava, S. W. (2005). A textbook of Social Psychology (6th ed.). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada Inc., Prentice Hall.

Collins, J. E., Green, J. M., and Sharpe, D. (2005). Study Guide to accompany A textbook of Social Psychology
(6th ed.), by Alcock, J. E., Carment, D. W., and Sadava, S. W. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada Inc.

Other Materials

The course materials include an assignment booklet and a student manual.

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 per cent on the exam and obtain a composite mark of at least “D” (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 6, July 12, 2006.

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