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PS 301 Social Psychology
Bryan, Diane


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PS 301 Social Psychology
Diane H. Bryan



Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course PS 301 Social Psychology
Semester Summer 2005
Faculty Diane H. Bryan
Title Senior adjunct Faculty
E-Mail dbryan@elp.rr.com
Class Days Tues and Thursday
Class Time 2:00 to 5:00
Credit Hours 3

Textbook: Baron, Robert A. and Byane, Donn (2003). Social Psychology (10th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Additional Resources: As needed by students to complete projects as well as handouts and readings as assigned by the instructor. Aronson, Elliot (2004). Social Animal (9thed.). NY: Worth Publishers. Access to support materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Course Description: This course is a study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attractions. To increase understanding of our own and others’ behavior through dialogue and interpretation. Practicing interactions in class will enable students to improve interpersonal relations. The course will focus on real issues, as they would occur in the social realm.

Educational Philosophy:
A. Lecture/Discussion
B. Group Discussion
C. Group Work
D. Individual Presentations
E. Shared Learning – Students’ Reports
F. Visual Aids/Handouts
G. Evaluation of Students’ Learning

Learning Outcomes:
A. To gain knowledge of the field of social psychology, its history, theories, research and goals.
B. To learn about self and social perceptions, interpersonal attraction, and what constitutes possible social action.
C. To gather information about prejudice and discrimination and how attitudes are shaped and changed.
D. To achieve understanding about how morality develops and is maintained.
E. To learn about aggression, in the cultural context and the emotions accompanying aggression, power, leadership, and the various forms of control.
F. To recall social influences and the approaches used by individuals in a social exchange.
G. To identify group dynamics as well as the physical and environmental variables which affect behavior.

Course Assessment:
A. Pop Quiz? Graded Discussion
B. Mid-term Examination
C. Final Examination
D. Group Presentation/support teaching a (Social Animal readings)
E. Term Paper with oral presentation.
(This paper is 6-8 pps., APA writing style format, and covers a social issue. Topics must be pre-approved by instructor. The highlights of the report will be shared orally with the class on specified/assigned dates).

Suggested topic selections:

The physically challenged, the mentally challenged, incidence of crime in the United States of America, juvenile delinquency, discrimination of women, discrimination of minorities, poverty in the United States, the present welfare system, who are the homeless?, leadership styles in business or the military, altruism, the rich in America, the poor in America, the pollution problems, immigration issues, education system issues, nonverbal communication, communication styles in the work place, marital problems in contemporary society, problems in the legal system, right-to-life issues, assisted suicide, group dynamics, global population growth, global warming, terrorism, negotiation, client rights, interpersonal conflicts, problems of the elderly, family values, gun control, family violence, prayer in schools, gang violence, and other topics chosen by the student. All of these must be approved by the instructor before the student begins his/her research.

Grading:

A 90-100 Term paper 20%
B 80-89 Mid Term Exam 20%
C 70-79 Final Exam 20%
D 60-69 Oral Report 15%
F 59-below Group Presentations 15%
Pop Quiz/Graded Discussion 10%

Late Submission of Course Material:
Written material will loose one grade point for each class period the material is late.

Oral presentations will not be accepted late. The assigned presentation date is the only opportunity for the presentation.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance is mandatory and is taken at each session. After two consecutive unexcused absences the student’s name is reported to the office.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1st week - May 24th
1. Review syllabus; conceptual framework
2. Information: term paper format
3. Assignment presentation dates
4. Lecture: Field of Social Psychology
5. Reading assignment: Chapters 1 and 2 and handouts from instructor

1st week - May 26th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 1
2. Lecture: Social perception Chapter 2
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 3

2nd week - May 31st
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 2
2. Lecture: Social cognition Chapter 3
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 4

2nd week - June 2
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 3
2. Lecture : Attitudes Chapter 4
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 5

3rd week - June 7th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 4
2. Lecture : Aspects of social identity Chapter 5
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 6

3rd week - June 9th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 5
2. Lecture : Prejudice Chapter 6
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 7

4th week - June 14th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 6
2. Lecture : Interpersonal attraction Chapter 7
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 8

4th week - June 16th
1. Mid Term Exam (Chapters 1-7)

5th Week - June 21st
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 8
2. Lecture : Social influence Chapter 9
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 10

5th week - June 23rd
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 9
2. Lecture : Prosocial behavior Chapter 10
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 11

6th week - June 28th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 10
2. Lecture : Aggression Chapter 11
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 12
6. Oral presentations

6th week - June 30th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 11
2. Lecture : Groups and individuals Chapter 12
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 13
6. Oral presentations

7th week - July 5th
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 12
2. Lecture : Social psychology in action Chapter 13
3. Discussion
4. Small Group assignments
5. Oral presentations

7th week - July 7th
1. Final Exam
2. Finish all course related work
3. Term paper due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog p.101.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another’s idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog p.101.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “WH”.
4. A “Contract for Incomplete” will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
6. Report of a “F” grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog p.100

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.