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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Social Psychology

Location: 
Police Academy, 235 East 20th St., New York, NY.
Length: 
Version 1: 63 hours. Version 2, 3, 4 or 5: 50 hours.
Dates: 
Version 1: December 1973 - December 1979. Version 2: January 1980 - December 1990. Version 3: January 1991 - May 1992. Version 4: June 1992 - February 1994. Version 5: March 1994 - May 1995.*
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1: To provide the student with knowledge of human behavior that he/she can anticipate upon becoming a police officer. Version 2: To provide the recruit with the theoretical and applied social science material that will enable him/her to interact with people of various backgrounds. Version 3, 4 or 5: Describe the basic principles of social psychology that underlie guidelines for appropriate police officer behavior in dealing with different ethnic groups, emotionally or mentally disturbed individuals, domestic disputes, and various types of criminal behavior.
Instruction: 
Version 1: Personality; crisis intervention; conflict management; interpersonal interaction; small group dynamics; adolescent behavior; communications theory; transactional analysis. Version 2: Personality development: socialization, attitudes, perception; myths; police cynicism; institutions and secrecy; stress; understanding human behavior; crisis intervention; death as a crisis; victimology; police intervention; child abuse; spouse abuse; juvenile delinquency; youths and adolescents; homicide/assault; individual disputes; crowd behavior. Version 3:  Personality development: socialization, attitudes, perception; myths; police cynicism; institutions and secrecy; stress; understanding human behavior; crisis intervention; death as a crisis; victimology; police intervention; child abuse; spouse abuse; juvenile delinquency; youths and adolescents; homicide/assault; individual disputes; crowd behavior; bias/prejudice, suicide, and non-custody emotionally disturbed persons. Version 4: Personality development: socialization, attitudes, perception; myths; police cynicism; institutions and secrecy; stress; understanding human behavior; crisis intervention; death as a crisis; victimology; police intervention; child abuse; spouse abuse; juvenile delinquency; youths and adolescents; homicide/assault; individual disputes; crowd behavior; bias/prejudice, suicide, and non-custody emotionally disturbed persons; community policing; cultural awareness, including an overview of the history of immigration to New York City, the process of assimilation, contributions of various ethnic groups. Version 5: Personality development: socialization, attitudes, perception; myths; police cynicism; institutions and secrecy; stress; understanding human behavior; crisis intervention; death as a crisis; victimology; police intervention; child abuse; spouse abuse; juvenile delinquency; youths and adolescents; individual disputes; crowd behavior; bias/prejudice, suicide; non-custody emotionally disturbed persons; community policing; cultural awareness, including an overview of the history of immigration to New York City, the process of assimilation, contributions of various ethnic groups; member of the service involved in domestic situations.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Social Science, or Social Work (8/74). Version 2, 3, 4 or 5: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Applied Social Science, Applied Sociology, or Social Work (4/85 revalidation) (1/91 revalidation). *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course's instructional content continues in the course exhibit titled Selected Topics in Behavioral Science for Police Officers.

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