1. What effect does observing violence, as in a violent,
film, have on people's
levels of aggression?
2. Can aggressive people be easily identified?
3. What is pornography? What is obscenity?
4. Spousal abuse: When is aggression justified?
Think about the
of spousal abuse from the social psychological perspective.
What social psychological factors contribute to spousal abuse? What factors can be used
to reduce it? And, when is aggression justified?
Highly publicized trials
such as the 1994 trials of Lorena Bobbitt who claimed she had been
abused and raped by her husband and cut off his penis as a result, and the Menendez
brothers who claimed the abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents led them to
kill them with shotguns provide dramatic and memorable examples which can be used
for discussion topics.
that may lead to justifiable aggression, for example, when
one claim's self-defense, a challenge to someone's ego, or being disrespected. One vivid
example of a case that can be used to examine justifiable aggression is an article on the
impact of insults in the North and South by Cohen et al. (1996).