Social Psychology

PSYC 2319:

  • State Approval Code: 4216015125
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

This is a survey course, focusing on the interrelationships between individuals and the social environment, concentrating on critical assessment of interpersonal behavior and familiarizing students with the psychology of human interaction. Students examine the dynamics of interpersonal influence and critical assessment of social factors in diverse contexts. Topics include: aggression, attitudes, gender, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, romantic love, and mate selection, personal relationships, intimacy, commitment and marriage.


Recommended, not required: Psyc 2301 & Soci 1301

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

Upon completion the student will be able to identify the main theories and theorists involved with social issues and interpersonal relationships.

Specific Course Objectives

Identify and discuss what leads to aggression, how issues of gender and race shape interpersonal relationships. Explain the factors used to determine attraction between individuals and which lead to long term relationships.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Aggression & Society
Race, Gender & Prejudice
Interpersonal Attraction
Marriage, Parenting & Divorce

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Traditional face-to-face lecture, group discussion, reading assignments for the textbook and additional reading as assigned.


Regular chapter tests, class discussion, response pages and comprehensive final exam.
90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, Below 60 F

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Textbook available in College Bookstore.