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PSYCH 109 - Social Psychology - Michelle LaBrie

Course:Social Psychology
Professor:Michelle LaBrie
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Social Psychology text

Welcome to Social Psychology! My name is Michelle LaBrie; I’ll be your instructor for the course, and I look forward to working with you.  I have been a full time faculty member since 2002 and I have taught full time in the psychology department since 2008. In addition to teaching Social Psychology, I have taught several courses in the department including Introduction to Psychology, Human Sexuality, Developmental Psychology and Psychology as a Major and a Profession. I was an academic counselor at COC for 10 years prior to transferring into the Psychology Department. I have taught in all modalities, including traditional on campus classes and I have taught 100% online courses since 2006. I also teach other faculty members how to teach online.

Please read this entire orientation letter for details about access the course, which textbook will be used, and the type of work required of the course.

Course Description

An introduction to the psychological theories, psychological research and applications in major areas of social psychology with an emphasis on individual and cultural differences in social cognition and social behavior as seen by the discipline of psychology.

Psychology 109 travels through the fascinating world of Social Psychology.  Social Psychology is the study of how we think, feel and behave with the presence or imagined presence of others. It covers topics such as attribution (how we explain the intentions of ourselves and others), social interaction, group dynamics, attitude formation and change, stereotyping and prejudice, altruism, aggression, conformity, and relationships.  We will also apply the field to the law and health. The course provides an introduction to the psychological theories, psychological research and applications in major areas of social psychology. This course is 3 units; it is UC and CSU transferable and it applies to the Associate Degree.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, research in social psychology.
  • Analyze and apply social psychology principles of social cognition, social perception and social influence.

Note: Subject matter discussed in this course is mature, sensitive and controversial in nature. Some social psychological topics such as: aggression, domestic violence, prejudice, discrimination, racism, white supremacy, gun violence, hate crimes, abuse, bullying and imprisonment may be objectionable and are trigger topics for some students that could cause emotional discomfort. This should be considered prior to enrolling in this course. Continued enrollment in the course verifies your readiness to analyze and discuss these mature topics.

  • Throughout this term I ask that we maintain an open curiosity about human behavior & attitudes, an appreciation for the diversity of humanity, and an attitude of respect for ourselves and others.
  • In order to foster an emotionally and psychologically safe classroom environment, students are expected to maintain a respectful online classroom environment and refrain from making disrespectful and/or disparaging comments (operationally defined by the instructor) within the online classroom. Violations of the student conduct code will be pursued according to Section 5529 Student Conduct Code, upon the discretion of the instructor.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 100% online course. There are no class meetings: face to face or online via Zoom. All course work will be administered online via the campus Learning Management system, Canvas. That means you can log onto Canvas when it is convenient for you to view the learning objectives, videos, video lectures and participate in the course at a time convenient for you, as long as you meet the deadline dates published in the course syllabus. The entire class moves through the course together at the same pace, so there are deadlines to keep all students moving at the same pace.

How is the course set up? 

The course is divided into 4 units made up of chapters, usually 3 or 4 chapters each.  Within each chapter, there are chapter assignments, chapter quizzes, lecture videos, some with quizzes attached to them, supplementary videos, lecture notes, critical thinking journals and discussions. At the completion of every unit, there is a unit exam.

All of the course content is located in the Modules. You will only be able to see what is relevant; I open and close modules as we move through the class. Future modules are locked so you cannot accidentally click on something and open it by mistake. 

Throughout the course you are asked to:

  • read the text Kassin, Fein & Markus (2017). Social Psychology, (10th Ed). Cengage Publishing; available in the COC Bookstore as well as other outlets. (actually, it's a pretty good book, and yes, you do need to purchase it or obtain consistent access to it) You may use a paper copy, or ebook or loose-leaf version of the text.  No additional access codes are needed.
  • watch my video lectures to supplement the text reading, just like if we were in class together.
  • participate in unit discussions and reply to other's responses to the material --engaging in lively conversation with each other (and me too, of course) about social psychology and human nature.
  • visit websites and watch a lot of clips online and via you tube (could be fun...)
  • chapter quizzes online (open book, open notes, how bad could that be?)
  • take 4 unit exams (closed book, closed notes)

What you need in terms of technology

  • Access to Canvas. Canvas is the Learning Management System COC uses. You will have access to Canvas as a registered student. There are no additional fees to access and use Canvas.
  • A reliable working computer and reliable internet access.
  • Microsoft Word (free to COC students)
  • PDF reader (free to COC Students)
  • YouTube

Types of Assessments

Chapter Assignments, Chapter Quizzes, Discussions and Reflective Writing Assignments, Critical Thinking Journals, Video Assessments, Exams

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: Kassin, Fein & Markus (2017). Social Psychology, (10th Ed). Cengage Publishing.

You do not need any special access codes for the text. Ebook or traditional texts are acceptable formats.

Other Relevant Course Information

Course Availability
The course will be available on COC's Canvas system the first day of the term. On that date, you must login to Canvas to enter our classroom. On that date, please login to Canvas to enter our classroom. You may access Canvas from the College of the Canyons homepage, click on Canvas and follow the log in username and password instructions.

Confirm your presence in the online classroom:
Log in to the website and post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board inside the online course by a date given in the announcements and in the course syllabus  to confirm your presence in the online classroom. Typically, this deadline is 24 hours after the course begins. Please consult the schedule of classes to determine the first day of the course. In a face to face class on the first day, the instructor calls the roster and each student who is present raises his/her hand and/or says "Here!" so the instructor knows that the student is present in the classroom. The "Roll Call" Discussion Board is our class Roll Call. Log into Canvas, enter the "Roll Call" Discussion Board, and add a new thread per the discussion instructions. Doing so will confirm your enrollment in the course and avoid being dropped as a "no show."  

In order to accommodate students on the waiting list, you may be dropped from the class if you do not log in and post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board inside the online classroom by that date and time. A student from the waiting list will then be added in your place. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to drop and withdraw from the course after this point. If you no longer wish to continue in the course, please consult Admissions and Records for drop and withdrawal deadline dates and use the online registration system to withdraw. It is your responsibility to be accountable for your academic records. If you stop participating in the course after the withdrawal date, it may result in a final grade of “FW” or “Failure to Withdraw” on your transcript.

If the class is closed and you would like to add...
If you are on the official waiting list, the COC web registration system automatically adds students from the waiting list into the course until the first day of class. All wait-listed students will receive priority over those not wait-listed. If there is room in the course, I will add students based on their number on the waiting list. If you are interested in adding the course, please send me an email indicating your interest in adding the course and your COC student ID number in order to "add authorize you" through the COC online registration system, “My Canyons.”  

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 02/03/2022 Sub#: 1100