Psychology and Social Policy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Psychology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Psychology & Social Policy
Fall 2024
Taught By: Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 16144

Credits: 4

There are a number of findings in social psychology that can and often do inform public policy. The purpose of this course is to present and discuss links between findings coming from empirical studies in social psychology and their applications in the public sphere. In this course, you will learn basic models and phenomena in the field of social cognition and discuss their implications for social policy in both the US and internationally.  Sample questions we will investigate are:  How can we overcome psychological resistance to effective social policy change when justifying the status quo may serve fundamental human needs for certainty?  What is the media’s role in increased uncertainty around certain science, such as in the autism-vaccine controversy and climate science?  How do we address the paradox of increased racial diversity leading to both more positive contact between groups while simultaneously increasing threat perceptions among whites?  How does the way in which individuals conceptualize sex and gender influence their preferences for social policies that are sensitive to transgender and gender non-conforming members of their community?  How does our understanding of the social cognitive process of social categorization help us to understand why historically powerful groups (e.g. whites, men,heterosexuals) are viewed as the “default”, and how does this perception shape public policy discourse? These questions (and others) will be discussed,informed by both published empirical studies and current events.   Prerequisites: One Lang fundamentals course (minimum Grade of C), or ULEC, Introduction to Psychology (minimum Grade C)

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Psychology (PSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 37

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:30am EDT 4/21/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/12/2024