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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Social Psychology

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

Social psychology is the study of how the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior, as well as how an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others. Topics in the course include interpersonal attraction, accuracy of eye-witness testimony, impact of TV on aggression, non-verbal communication, group decision making, and the impact of advertising on beliefs and behavior.


(PSYC 200 or SOCI 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Many individuals go through their daily routines with little thought as to what influences their own thoughts and behaviors, as well as the behavior of those around them. They seem unaware of how other people influence their thoughts and behavior. Still, others attempt to understand and explain their behavior, but their explanations are inaccurate. This course will seek to explain how students’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others so that the students can better understand themselves and those around them.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recall and explain major concepts and results of major experiments in social psychology.
  2. Apply concepts and research findings in social psychology to predict behavior in novel situations.
  3. Analyze and compare methods and findings of research studies in social psychology.
  4. Evaluate major concepts within social psychology from a biblical perspective.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Sommers, S. R. (2019). Social psychology (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Disclaimer: The above resource provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. APA formatting information:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the term. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. For each thread, the student must use and cite the textbook, a second academic source (academic books or peer-reviewed articles only), and Scripture in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words (Learning Outcomes [LOs] A, B, C, D).

Activity Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 Activity Assignments throughout the term. Two of these assignments (Activity Assignments 1 & 3) will include various scenarios applying social psychology concepts to real-world situations. The student will review each scenario and complete an answer sheet applying what he or she has learned. One of the assignments (Activity Assignment 2) will be a “crossword puzzle” format in which the student will generate correct terms based on given definitions/scenarios (LOs B).

Research Paper: Topic and References

The student will decide on a topic and find references for his or her Research Paper. The student will be required to cite the textbook and 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in current APA style. Both of these peer-reviewed articles must report on original research (LOs CD).

Research Paper

The student will write a paper focusing on a social psychology topic of his or her choosing that is discussed in the textbook. The body of the paper must be 5 pages (not including title page, abstract, and references) and the paper must be in current APA style. The paper must report on original research and include a iblical integration component. The paper must include at least 2 references (peer-reviewed journal articles only) in addition to the course textbook (LOs A, C, D).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit (LOs A B).

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)


Activity Assignments (3 at 50 pts ea)


Research Paper: Topic and References


Research Paper


Quizzes (8 at 50 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PSYC 312

Textbook: Aronson. Socialsychology


Reading & Study




Aronson et al.: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1






Aronson et al.: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

Activity Assignment 1

Quiz 2




Aronson et al.: chs. 5–6

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

Research Paper: Topic and References

Quiz 3





Aronson et al.: chs. 7–8

2 presentations

Activity Assignment 2

Quiz 4




Aronson et al.: chs. 9–10

2 presentations

DB Forum 3

Quiz 5




Aronson et al.: ch. 11

1 presentation

Activity Assignment 3

Quiz 6




Aronson et al.: ch. 12

1 presentation

Research Paper

Quiz 7




Aronson, et al.: ch. 13, SPA 3-Social Psychology and the Law

2 presentations

DB Forum 4

Quiz 8





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.