Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. Topics to be covered include: impression formation, conformity, prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice. Equally important is the goal of cultivating your skills for analyzing the social situations and events that you encounter in your everyday lives. Finally, throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology.
Any successful clinician uses psychology on a daily basis, whether they are talking with Patients, their caretakers or even fellow health workers. Social Psychology helps the clinical officers Understand how their mind works helps in everyday life by allowing them to build strong relationships and make the best decisions. A greater understanding of how humans think and behave will help the clinical officers communicate better. They will be more effective in understanding what a person really means by gestures and actions. This is especially crucial during making a diagnosis; a process in which the clinical officer closely interacts with the patient/client so as to understand how exactly the patient is thinking. Knowledge of social Psychology can also help the health worker to treat people for problems from anxiety to addiction.
The aim of this course is to enable the learner to acquire knowledge skills and attitude to appreciate the social Psychology factors that will help him/her practice in the management of patient staff and community.
Course Learning outcomes
After the course, students should be able to: a) Define social psychology
b) Describe human development from conception to death
c) Explain the Socialization process.
d) Describe the role of attitude in shaping human behaviors
e) Describe personality and personality development
f) Explain individual and community reactions to health and illness
g) Relate social psychology as a basis for understanding human response to health and disease.
h) Discus the application of social psychology in counseling