Social Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior

III. August 7–11, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
to be announced

“I was able to engage in a lot of meaningful conversations and gained a deeper understanding of my subject.” – Ethan K. | Great Neck, New York

Course Description

This course introduces students to major psychological theories and research on human social behavior. We look at why humans often help each other but also why they hurt each other. Topics covered include empathy, prejudice, helping, compliance, bullying, conformity, and the development of personality. A variety of psychological methods for predicting and preventing anti-social behavior are discussed.

The course establishes a strong grounding in scientific principles and methodology. Students are encouraged to think about how empirical methods can be used to measure complex social phenomena, to recognize and appreciate experimental rigor, and ultimately to question common assumptions about human behavior found in ordinary discourse and the popular press.

Students typically spend a portion of each day watching live lectures and a portion in learning activities such as group work, discussion, online experiments, and behavior and personality tests. Outside of class, in addition to doing assigned reading, students complete homework assignments in which they apply what they have learned to real-world social situations. For example, observing behavior in their local communities and surveying their family and friends. The data they collect is pooled, analyzed, and discussed by the whole class.


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Specific course details such as topics, activities, hours, and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.