Beloved Wesleyan professor Scott Plous’ Social Psychology course has just re-launched on Coursera and is available to anyone who would like to enroll. This course initially launched in 2013, then ran a second time in 2014, and became the world’s largest synchronous course, with over 700,000 enrollments from learners around the globe! Please take a look at Professor Plous’ description of the course, and click the link below to enroll if you’re interested in learning more about human behavior.
Each of us is dealt a different hand in life, but we all face similar questions when it comes to human behavior: What leads us to like one person and dislike another? How do conflicts and prejudices develop, and how can they be reduced? Can psychological research help protect the environment, and if so, how? This course offers a brief introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics such as decision making, persuasion, group behavior, personal attraction, and factors that promote health and well-being. Our focus will be on surprising, entertaining, and intriguing research findings that are easy to apply in daily life. The course will also draw from the websites of Social Psychology Network, the world’s largest online community devoted to social psychology.
Anyone can enroll for free to access video lectures. To access all of the course content and/or earn a Certificate by submitting assignments for a grade, you can enroll and pay the course fee of $49 (financial aid is also available by application to Coursera).