Social Psychology Online Course

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Full Fee $595.00incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Learn the psychology of how we interact with each other in group or social situations.

Man is a social animal, and as such, it is very important to understand the psychology of how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than as an individual. By understanding the “natural” social needs of a person, you can develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions.

Course Aims:

  • To determine how physical characteristics and non-verbal behaviour affect our formation of impressions of others, and how that information is processed;
  • To understand the sociological perspective of the self and how we relate to others;
  • To discuss attribution theory, the internal and external causes, and its role in self-perception and the perception of others;
  • To understand the emergence of attitudes, changes in attitude, and the effect of attitudes upon behaviour and use as predictors of behaviour;
  • To discuss the emergence of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination from the perspective of social psychology and attitudes;
  • To understand the influence of physicality, similarity, familiarity and proximity on interpersonal relationships;
  • To understand helping behaviour through the influences of conformity, compliance, obedience and diffusion of responsibility;
  • To define social psychological theories of aggression and to apply those theories;
  • To understand the nature of group behaviour and to demonstrate awareness of group cognition;
  • To understand the effect of culture on behaviour of individuals and groups.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

Social Cognition

  • Introduction
  • Impression formation
  • Behaviour
  • Appearance
  • Expectations
  • The primary affect
  • Attribution
  • Scemas and social perception
  • Central traits
  • Stereotypes
  • Social inference and decision making
  • Case Study: social psychology and law

The Self

  • Self concept
  • Present and ideal selves
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Experiments into cognitive dissonance
  • Reducing cognitive dissonance
  • Self efficacy
  • How does the self develop
  • Self and social feedback
  • Socialisation
  • Types of socialisation
  • How are we socialised

Attribution and Perception of Others

  • Attribution theory
  • Attribution and Concensus, consistency, distinctiveness
  • Attribution errors
  • Culture and attributional style
  • Criticisms of the theory
  • Practical uses of attribution theory

Attitudes and Attitude Change

  • Defining attitude
  • Characteristics of attitudes
  • ABC of attitudes
  • Affective elements of attitude
  • Behavioural elements of attitude
  • Self attribution
  • Specificity
  • Constraints
  • Cognitive elements of attitude
  • Attitude formation
  • Factors affecting attitude change

Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotypes

  • What is prejudice
  • Functions of prejudice
  • How we measure prejudice
  • In groups and out groups
  • Reducing prejudice
  • Stereotypes
  • Functions of stereotypes
  • Dangers of using stereotypes
  • Changing stereotypes
  • Discrimination

Interpersonal Attraction

  • Theories of attraction
  • The social exchange theory
  • The reinforcement affect model
  • Factors affecting interpersonal attraction
  • Physical appearance
  • Biological underpinnings
  • Similarity
  • Familiarity
  • Positive regard
  • Mis attribution of emotions
  • Proximity
  • Attachment styles
  • Cultural similarities
  • An evolutionary perspective
  • The cost of sex

Helping Behaviour

  • Bystander intervention
  • Diffusion of responsibility
  • Social facilitation
  • Compliance
  • Obedience
  • Conformity
  • Why do people conform
  • Factors affecting conformity
  • Desire for affiliation
  • Reinforcement and punishment
  • Obedience to authority
  • Why does social influence work


  • Types of aggression
  • Theoretical approaches to aggression: Freudian, Drive theories, Social learning theories, Biological and evolutionary theories
  • Aggrssion against outsiders
  • Aggression in a species
  • Aggression in humans
  • Environmental influences on human aggression
  • Imitation or modelling
  • Familiarity
  • Reinforcement
  • Aggression and Culture
  • Other factors


  • What is a group
  • Kinds of groups; recreational, social, work, family, sportingFeatures of groups
  • Factors relating to groups: productivity, social loafing, insufficient coordination, social facilitation
  • Group decision making: group think, group polarisation, minority influence
  • Deindividualisation

Cultural Influences

  • Defining culture
  • Culture and social exchange
  • Individualistc vs reciprocal societies
  • Cross cultural psychology vs cultural psychology
  • Culture bound syndromes
  • Trance and possession disorder

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

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    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.