Motivation Science in Social Psychology

PSY 713S

This graduate level course will explore the reemerging focus in social psychology on motivation and its role in determining the nature and consequences of self and social-regulation. Specifically, this seminar will focus on research and theorizing on the differing motivations underlying social behavior (such as the motivations characterizing stereotyping and prejudice a well as achievement behavior and inter- personal relationships). Students will be expected to read research articles and chapters from the leading social psychology outlets to actively discuss the merits and limitations of these research traditions. Students will also be expected to actively participate in weekly discussions and to present a grant proposal for a research study inspired by the weekly reading assignments and classroom discussion. Because this is an advanced graduate seminar, registration requires instructor approval. 3 units.