Social Psychology (PSY 340)

2020 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Gül Günaydın,
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PSY301 PSY201 SPS102
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course is an introduction to social psychology, the study of human interaction. Social psychology is concerned with the reciprocal influence between the social environment and people's attitudes and behaviors about themselves and others. This will be a survey course, offering an overview of the important topics that comprise the field of social psychology including: social influences, prosocial behavior, group processes, gender, authority, conformity, attitude formation, aggression, persuasion and propaganda, attraction, stereotypes, and self-esteem. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic theories about human behavior in social contexts, and applying such frameworks and research to real-life settings in politics, education, law, health care, etc.


- To advance the learner's scientific knowledge of social psychology.
- To help the learner to develop his/her abilities and skills in understanding the self, people around, relationships, and social environment in general.


The goal of this course is to introduce one of the subfields of psychology, namely social psychology. Topics of this course include, but are not limited to, social perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, and group dynamics. At the end of the course, the learner is expected not only to know the main social psychological concepts, theories, and findings, but also to discuss implications and applications of social psychology research.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 4

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 3

2. Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 4

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology. 4

3. Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice. 4

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 3

1. Pursue open minded inquiry and appreciate the importance of research as an input into management practice.

2. Know how to access, interpret and analyze data and information and use them to make informed decisions.

3. Work effectively in environments characterized by people of diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds.

4. Identify, select, and justify strategies and courses of action at the divisional, business, and corporate levels of analysis and to develop effective plans for the implementation of selected strategies.


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Exam 50
Presentation 10
Other 10



An Introduction to Social Psychology (6th Edition) edited by Miles Hewstone, Wolfgang Stroebe, and Klaus Jonas


Supplementary readings may be provided during the semester. Students will be notified in advance in case additional readings are assigned.

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