This course will involve a number of instructional methods, such as the following:
- small group activities
- discussion groups
- guest lectures
- multimedia presentations
- Introduction to Social Cognition
- What is social cognition?
- Theoretical frameworks
- Automatic and controlled processes
- Attention and encoding
- Social cognition represented in memory processes
- What is "the self"?
- Theories of attribution
- Origin and nature of attitudes
- Cognitive processing of attitude
- Cognition and bias
- The influence of affect on social cognition
- The influence of cognition on affect
- Variations in social cognition from a multicultural perspective
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Define social cognition, and give examples of different kinds of phenomena that social cognition researchers study.
- Identify and describe research methods used to study social cognition.
- Read research articles critically.
- Evaluate the importance of situations on human behaviour and mental processes.
- Describe how our knowledge about the world is represented in the form of concepts or schemas.
- Explain the consequences of biases and heuristics in thinking.
- Explain theories of causal attribution and attribution biases.
- Identify memory systems and explain memory construction.
- Describe how motivations and emotions affect cognition.
- Describe theoretical perspectives of attitudes and how attitudes relate to behaviours.
- Compare and contrast automatic and controlled information processing.
- Identify stereotypes as concepts and explain stereotype activation and application.
- Identify the various components and functions of the self.
- Describe how cultural identity affects social cognition.
- Apply principles of social cognition to real-world events.
- Demonstrate ability to use APA style in written communication.
The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department Policy. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
Two midterm exams at 25% each - 50%
Final exam - 25%
APA style application paper - 20%
Attendance and participation - 5%
Total - 100%
Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:
- Fiske, S.T. & Taylor, S.E. Social cognition: From brains to culture (current edition). London, England: Sage Publications Ltd.
- Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Fiedler, K. Social cognition (current edition). New York, NY: Routledge
Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:
- No corequisite courses
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
- No equivalency courses