Class information

Provider Coursera logo
Institution Wesleyan University
Code N/A
Language English
Next session To be announced
Estimated workload 4-8 hours/week
Level N/A
Categories Teacher Professional Development
Social Sciences
Health & Society
Business & Management
Instructors Scott Plous


Start date Duration
Past July 14, 2014 7 weeks
Past Aug. 12, 2013 6 weeks

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Coursera's largest class is back by popular demand!

Scheduled to begin July 14, 2014, Social Psychology will feature a fresh line-up of special events, guest experts, and material intended to delight psychology lovers around the world. 

Course Description from Professor Plous:

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 ...

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No background is required; all are welcome!


3 posts

  • Written 2 years, 8 months ago
    Materials: Good
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Dropped Out
    A great and intense course, delivered with passion for the subject. Unfortunately, I was too optimistic about available time, so I couldn't finish it.

    Also worth noticing: there's some overlap with the Irrational Behavior course from Dan Ariely at Duke University. It's mostly complimentary, but it's worth thinking about when signing up for either one.
  • Madhumitha
    Written 2 years, 8 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Hard
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Great course by Dr. Scott Plous and his team. I wish a lot more people would take this course, as it has the capacity to steer the world in a positive direction. On a personal level, my view on several issues have changed for the better, relationships have improved and I have become a happier person. I attribute all these changes to the great material put together and taught by Dr. Plous. The basic concepts of Social psychology should be taught to children in schools. The world, then, would be a much better place.
  • Written 2 years, 8 months agoFeatured
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    For me a life changing course. I have completed a number of MOOCs: None better. Anyone applying themselves to the subject matter and exercises: anyone with the capacity for empathy will likely be deeply moved as the implications of this transmitted insight sink in.
    Scott is an inspiration in both the manner of his teaching and the content.
    I only wish i had learnt; had been taught this content when much younger. It is revelatory on every aspect of life; both personal and interpersonal. Personally i now believe these things should be taught as fundamental knowledge along with math and English (or whatever native language).
    Bravo Scott Plous, this MOOC sets the highest of baselines all others would do well to take due note of!!

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