Instructor: Dr Anna Taylor
This course reviews theory and research on the processes by which people exert influence on one another’s behaviours, beliefs, emotions, and attitudes. Topics of study include conformity, compliance, obedience, and persuasion. The course will focus on both the theoretical and applied implications of social influence research.
Available in Winter 2018 and Winter 2019.
PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.
This lecture course is designed to provide students with an introduction to research on social influence. Particular attention will be given to reviewing theory and empirical research on conformity, compliance, and obedience. The first 9 weeks of the course will focus on covering basic research in these areas. The final 3 weeks will concentrate on applying findings from the social influence literature to understanding influence processes in three social contexts (i.e., political contexts, “brainwashing” contexts, and psychological warfare contexts)
By the end of the course students will have knowledge of a number of concepts pertinent to the psychology of social influence including:
- The social influence associated with Politics
- Psychological Operations