Psychology (PSYC) 340

Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 290 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Psychology 340: Introduction to Applied Social Psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving problems in the real world. Applied social psychologists focus on social problems that affect such variables as relationships, diversity issues, organizational systems, the justice system, education, the environment, personal health and the health care industry, and community concerns.


Part 1: Introduction to Applied Social Psychology

  • Unit 1: Background and Key Social Psychological Theories
  • Unit 2: Research Techniques in Applied Social Psychology

Part 2: The Role of Social Psychology in Self-Knowledge and Relationships

  • Unit 3: Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships
  • Unit 4: Social Psychology and Communities
  • Unit 5: Social Psychology and Personal Health

Part 3: The Role of Social Psychology in the Workplace and Educational Settings

  • Unit 6: Youth Experiences Related to Education and Social Problems
  • Unit 7: Job Satisfaction and Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Unit 8: Social Psychology and Understanding Diversity

Part 4: The Role of Social Psychology in Addressing Social Problems

  • Unit 9: Social Psychology and Family Violence
  • Unit 10: Social Psychology and Addictions
  • Unit 11: Social Psychology and the Law


To receive credit for PSYC 340, you must complete Assignments 1 and 2, Assignment 3: Course Project, and the final exam. You must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam, and a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Course Project 40%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Gruman, J. A., Schneider, F. W., & Coutts, L. M. (Eds.). (2017). Applied social psychology: Understanding and addressing social and practical problems (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

All other course materials can be found online.

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 5, August 25, 2017.

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