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MPTUO1a: Introduction to Psychology
Week 15 / Units 10 & 11: Social and Sociocultural Psychology

Social and Sociocultural Psychology. “Social psychology is the scientific study of how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, and implied presence of others.” [1“Cultural psychology is the study of the way cultural traditions and social practices regulate, express, and transform the human psyche, resulting less in psychic unity for humankind than in ethnic divergences in mind, self, and emotion.” [2

Required Reading


Social Interactions Study Guide

Social cognition

    • 1.1 Describe attributional explanations of behavior.
    • 1.2 Describe the relationship between attitudes (implicit and explicit) and behavior.
    • 1.3 Identify persuasive methods used to change attitudes.

Social Influence

    • 2.1 Describe the power of the situation.
    • 2.2 Describe effects of others’ presence on individuals’ behavior.
    • 2.3 Describe how group dynamics influence behavior.
    • 2.4 Discuss how an individual influences group behavior.

Social relations

    • 3.1 Discuss the nature and effects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.
    • 3.2 Describe determinants of prosocial behavior.
    • 3.3 Discuss influences upon aggression and conflict.
    • 3.4 Discuss factors influencing attraction and relationships.

Sociocultural Diversity Study Guide

Social and cultural diversity

    • 1.1 Define culture and diversity.
    • 1.2 Identify how cultures change over time and vary within nations as well as internationally.
    • 1.3 Discuss the relationship between culture and conceptions of self and identity.
    • 1.4 Discuss psychological research examining race and ethnicity.
    • 1.5 Discuss psychological research examining socioeconomic status.
    • 1.6 Discuss how privilege and social power structures relate to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Diversity among individuals

    • 2.1 Discuss psychological research examining gender identity.
    • 2.2 Discuss psychological research examining diversity in sexual orientation.
    • 2.3 Compare and contrast gender identity and sexual orientation.
    • 2.4 Discuss psychological research examining gender similarities and differences and the impact of gender discrimination.
    • 2.5 Discuss the psychological research on gender and how the roles of women and men in societies are perceived.
    • 2.6 Examine how perspectives affect stereotypes and treatment of minority and majority groups in society.
    • 2.7 Discuss psychological research examining differences in individual cognitive and physical abilities.

Major Assignments and Deadlines


  1. Cultural psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_psychology
  2. Social Psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_psychology
  3. Heffner, Dr. Christopher L. (2001, April 1). Psychology 101. All Psych. https://allpsych.com/psychology101/
  4. Dewey, Dr. Russell A. (2017). Psychology: An Introduction. Psych Web. https://www.psywww.com/intropsych/
  5. The American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (APA TOPSS) course template.

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