Basic Social Psychology Dynamics Related to the Homeland Security Ecosystem

Basic Social Psychology Dynamics Related to the Homeland Security Ecosystem

This course does NOT have a “record of completion” associated with it.

Social psychology is the study of how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied influence of others and is a valuable discipline in understanding human behavior, especially related to decision-making in the homeland security ecosystem.

Course Overview

This course is arranged into 8 modules that build upon each other.  It is designed as a basic course, expanding a security practitioner’s knowledge of the social psychology and human behavior.  To accomplish this goal, the course emphasizes how humans process information through the brain to interpret the world and how those interpretations rely on mental shortcuts and biases to reduce complexity.  The student is encouraged to review all the supplemental materials as they go through the course.

After completing the series of modules, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the major functions of the brain that play a role in interpreting a threat environment.
  • Identify and describe the work of foundational social psychology researchers
  • Describe the dual process theory
  • Identify the most common heuristics and biases that humans use to make decision under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Describe social identity theory related to group formation

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