Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2023
Class code A6236
Previous Class code
Previous Class title (Interpersonal Relations I)
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木1/Thu.1
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市富士‐F304
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title ×
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 200-level Intermediate Courses(中級)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 200-level Intermediate Courses
Culture and Society

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This is an introductory course in social psychology, the scientific study of how we view and influence one another. Students are introduced to the theories, research methods, and seminal findings of social psychology. Social Psychology I will primarily focus on how we think about the social world, how we come to understand others, and how we exert influence on others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Topics include perceptions of others and the self, attitudes, conformity, obedience, and persuasion. Social Psychology II will focus on social relations and intergroup dynamics, covering topics such as helping and aggression, group influence, self, emotion, and prejudice. These two courses will complement each other to provide an overview of the main content areas of social psychology.

【到達目標 / Goal】
This course will introduce students to the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings in the field of social psychology and cultivate skills in analyzing the social situations and events that we encounter in our everyday lives. By the end of the course, students will be able to (1) identify and understand major theories, principles, and research findings in the field of social psychology, (2) apply social psychological theories and principles to real life experiences, and (3) critically evaluate social psychological theories and research. In Social Psychology I, students will be able to answer the following questions: How are we influenced by our environment and by other people? How do we explain others’ behavior? What are attitudes and how do they affect us? What leads to conformity and obedience? When are people persuaded by differing opinions and when are they not?

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
Methods of instruction include lectures, films, individual and small group activities, and discussions. Students will engage in various hands-on activities and experiments to experience the concepts they learn in class. Students will be asked to reflect on their daily experiences and share examples that illustrate these concepts. Feedback for the quizzes and midterm exams will be given in class. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the office hours should they wish to get more personalized feedback on how to improve their performance.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineIntroduction Introduction
2 対面/face to faceMethods in Social Psychology How do social psychologists study behaviors?
3 対面/face to faceSocial Cognition I How do we perceive our social world?
4 対面/face to faceSocial Cognition II How do we make sense of our social world?
5 対面/face to faceAttitudes and Behaviors I When do attitudes predict behaviors?
6 対面/face to faceAttitudes and Behaviors II When do behaviors predict attitudes?
7 対面/face to faceAttitudes and Behaviors III How much is the social world “out there” vs. “in our head”?
8 対面/face to faceReview & Midterm Exam What have we learned so far? Multiple choice and short-essays
9 対面/face to faceConformity I Why do people conform? Informational social influence
10 対面/face to faceConformity II Why do people conform? Normative social influence
11 対面/face to faceObedience What leads to attitude change
12 対面/face to facePersuasion I When do people get convinced?
Elaboration likelihood model
13 対面/face to facePersuasion II How can you persuade others? Persuasion technique
14 対面/face to faceReview & Final Exam What have we learned so far? Multiple choice and short-essays

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Before each class, students are expected to review their notes from previous classes and do the assigned readings. They must also download and print out handouts prior to each class and bring them to class to take notes. Occasionally, students will also be assigned homework (worksheets, questionnaires, etc). Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】

【参考書 / References】
Myers, D. G. & Twenge, J. (2022). Social Psychology (14th ed.). McGraw-Hill.

The reference book will be available in the library and the GIS Reference Room for those who wish to learn about each topic in more detail. Handouts and reading materials are on the course website.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Students are evaluated based on midterm and final exams (35% each), in-class activities and quizzes (20%), and class participation (10%).

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Students usually find this course interesting and eye-opening. I hope to continue engaging students with materials through various hands-on activities and discussions.

【その他の重要事項 / Others】
Social Psychology I and II can be taken in reverse order (II and then I). Students who have taken and passed Statistics and introductory courses in psychology (e.g., Introduction to Psychology I/II, Developmental Psychology) may be given priority in the selection. Students are strongly encouraged to take this class if they intend to enroll in Self and Culture seminar or Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (300-level)