Do you ever wish you better understood why people do what they do? What governs our thoughts and actions? How can we influence others? This course introduces you to the science of human social psychology and offers surprising answers to these questions.
Our social situations can lead us to act in unexpected ways. Depending on the context, we can soar with dramatic joy or get lost in frustration and aggression. Sometimes we demonstrate deep compassion toward others, sometimes prejudice.
A celebrated professor at Swarthmore College, Andrew Ward reveals the unseen forces behind social behaviors. He helps you grasp the psychology of our relationships and interactions. Under his guidance, you will explore the most essential concepts in social psychology.
Prof. Ward delivers each lecture with a cheerful and engaging style, prompting you to reflect on a myriad of examples of surprising behavior. Armed with a new awareness of social influences, you will learn to better understand and interact with those around you.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection.
“I taught alongside Andrew Ward at Swarthmore College for more than two decades. He is just a superstar teacher. His lectures are clear, engaging, funny and always about important things. I can’t count how many psychology majors were created in Andrew’s classes. Social psychology is Andrew’s wheelhouse, and people who listen to his course are in for a treat, as well as an education!” (Dr. Barry Schwartz, visiting professor at Berkeley Haas and Emeritus professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College)
“At Swarthmore College, Professor Andrew Ward’s courses are among the most popular, and it’s easy to see why. He infuses every lecture with great enthusiasm, along with a passion for conveying the key lessons of his field to all of his students.” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor and vice chair of psychology at University of California Riverside)
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- Anonymous User
Social influence explained
Loved it. Really clear and easy to follow. Looking forward to another just like it