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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 39 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week (plus a mid-course break)...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

WEEK 1: Social Perceptions and Misperceptions

9 videos (Total 92 min), 13 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Lecture 1.1: Welcome, Social Psychers!8m
Lecture 1.2: Course Logistics: Some Rules of the Road11m
Lecture 1.3: Tour of Social Psychology Network and Invitation to Join11m
Lecture 1.4: The Psychological Construction of Reality12m
Lecture 1.5: Confirmation Bias8m
Lecture 1.6: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies11m
Lecture 1.7: Thin Slices: Social Judgments in the Blink of an Eye12m
Lecture 1.8: What Other People Think of You10m
13 readings
How the Course Works4m
Lecture 1.1: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 1.2: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 1.1 - Introducing Social Psychology1h 15m
Lecture 1.3: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
How to Join Social Psychology Network1m
Editing Your SPN Member Page1m
Lecture 1.4: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 1.5: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 1.6: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 1.7: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 1.8: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Bonus Reading 1.1 - On Being Sane in Insane Places15m
3 practice exercises
Snapshot Quiz, Part 1: Complete before Lecture 1.420m
Snapshot Quiz, Part 2: Complete before Lecture 1.410m
Assignment #1: The Random Assignment Assignment20m
Week
2
7 hours to complete

WEEK 2: The Psychology of Self-Presentation and Persuasion

9 videos (Total 143 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Lecture 2.2: Some Twists and Turns When Explaining Behavior16m
Lecture 2.3: Is the Attitude Bone Connected to the Behavior Bone?15m
Lecture 2.4: Cognitive Dissonance and Self-Perception14m
Lecture 2.5: Two Flavors of Dissonance: Vanilla and Earthworm19m
Bonus Video 2.1: A Conversation with Elliot Aronson15m
Lecture 2.6: How to Be Persuasive15m
Lecture 2.7: Secrets from the Science of Persuasion (Guest Lecture)13m
Lecture 2.8: The Ins and Outs of Social Influence18m
12 readings
Lecture 2.1: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 2.1 - The Self in a Social World1h 30m
Lecture 2.2: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 2.3: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Peer Assessment FAQ5m
Lecture 2.4: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 2.5: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 2.6: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 2.2 - Two Routes to Attitude Change20m
Lecture 2.7: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 2.8: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 2.3 - Crafting Normative Messages to Protect the Environment15m
Week
3
8 hours to complete

WEEK 3: Obedience, Conformity, and Deindividuation

10 videos (Total 176 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Assigned Video 3.1: Obedience (Stanley Milgram's Classic Documentary)41m
Lecture 3.2: Obedience to Authority (Part 2: Watch After Milgram Video)22m
Bonus Video 3.1: Stanley Milgram Discusses His Electric Shock Generator1m
Bonus Video 3.2: What Was Stanley Milgram Like?10m
Lecture 3.3: Group Pressure and Conformity (Part 1)13m
Lecture 3.4: Group Pressure and Conformity (Part 2)11m
Lecture 3.5: The Dark Side of Deindividuation (Part 1: Watch Before Quiet Rage)7m
Assigned Video 3.2: Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment51m
Lecture 3.6: The Dark Side of Deindividuation (Part 2: Watch After Quiet Rage)10m
11 readings
Lecture 3.1: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 3.1 - Chapter 3 of Myers: Social Beliefs and Judgments1h 30m
Lecture 3.2: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 3.2 - Replicating Milgram: Would People Still Obey Today?30m
Bonus Reading 3.1 - How Nice People Get Corrupted20m
Lecture 3.3: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 3.4: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Bonus Reading 3.2 - Opinions and Social Pressure20m
Lecture 3.5: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Lecture 3.6: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Bonus Reading 3.3 - The SPE: Ethics and Extensions1h
Week
4
5 hours to complete

WEEK 4: Group Behavior: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

7 videos (Total 116 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Assigned Video 4.1: The Abilene Paradox23m
Lecture 4.2: How Categorical Thinking Gives Rise to Prejudice14m
Assigned Video 4.2: Race: The Power of an Illusion9m
Assigned Video 4.3: Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She23m
Lecture 4.3: The Minimal Group: From Dots to Discrimination in 60 Seconds11m
Lecture 4.4: When Intergroup Biases Don't Feel Like Biases20m
8 readings
Lecture 4.1: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
Reading 4.1 - Many Hands Make Diminished Responsibility15m
Bonus Reading 4.1 - Doing Together What We Would Not Do Alone15m
Reading 4.2 - How Groups Intensify Decisions35m
Lecture 4.2: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)
Lecture 4.3: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)
Reading 4.3 - Psychology of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination1h
Lecture 4.4: Further Readings and Viewings (optional)5m
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By RCAug 19th 2019

I loved this course. It covered all the topics I was interested in and was thoroughly engaging and well-organised. Professor Plous is a great teacher and has designed a wonderful course in this MOOC.

By MADec 11th 2018

The course is amazing! Professor Plous has created very engaging content. I highly recommend the course for anyone ! I think this material should be taught in schools as a required course.

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Scott Plous

Professor of Psychology; Executive Director, Social Psychology Network; recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching
Department of Psychology

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

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    http://coursera.socialpsychology.org/twitter-climate

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    http://coursera.socialpsychology.org/facebook

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    http://coursera.socialpsychology.org/rss

    These resources are free to everyone (whether you enroll for a Certificate or not) and will connect you with the latest news, studies, and other developments in social psychology and related fields.

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