Psychology (PSYC) 379

Social Psychology (Revision 7)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study. (with eTextbook)

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 D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
4 Quizzes (5% each) 20%
Course Project 40%
Final Exam 40%
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.

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

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

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

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 D (50 percent) to pass. If you fail the exam, your exam mark will become the final grade for the challenge.

Activity Weighting
Research Paper 40%
Exam 60%
Total 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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