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PS 301 Social Psychology
Hovland, David


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.
CoursePS 301 Social Psychology BE
SemesterF1A2005
FacultyHovland, David
TitleProfessor
Degrees/CertificatesPh.D. HARVARD UNIVERSITY
M.A. HARVARD UNIVERSITY
B.A YALE UNIVERSITY
Office LocationAUSTIN CENTER
Office HoursMONDAY and FRIDAY 10:00 A.M until 12:00 NOON
Daytime Phone(512) 374-2103 until 9 P.M.
Other Phone(512) 385-PARK
E-MailDavid.Hovland@park.edu
myoho2000_2000@yahoo.com
Semester DatesAUG 22 - OCT 15, 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:20 - 7:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY by BREHM, Sharon; Saul KASSIN; and S. FEIN

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Videos, Web materials, and materials brought by students


Course Description:
Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe Social Psychology is the key to understanding humans, and that the best approach is a "Culture and Behavior" one. (I am one of the few trained in this approach.)

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to (1) name several important contributors to the field of Social Psychology and describe their achievements (2) List the important characteristics of an experimental approach to the field (3) Cite evidence for at least three major theories in the field.

Course Assessment:
FINAL EXAM
MID-TERM TEST
DISCUSSION SCORE
TERM PAPER

Grading:
350 pts FINAL EXAM
250 pts MID-TERM
200 pts DISCUSSION
200 pts TERM PAPER

1000 TOTAL

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A penalty of up to 5 points per day late may be charged for the paper and also for the DRAFT paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should come prepared for discussion. Do not bring cell phones or pagers. You may drink (non-alcoholic beverage) and eat IF you are prepared to leave the room as you found it.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1
AUGUST 23, 2005
DiscussionChapter 1 
Meeting - 2
AUGUST 25, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 2 
Meeting - 3
AUGUST 30, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 3 
Meeting - 4
SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
DiscussionChapter 4 
Meeting - 5
SEPTEMBER 6, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 5 
Meeting - 6
SEPTEMBER 8, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 6 
Meeting - 7
SEPTEMBER 13, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 7 
Meeting - 8
SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
MID-TERM TEST SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
MID-TERM TEST
Meeting - 9
SEPTEMBER 20, 2005
DiscussionChapter 8 
Meeting - 10
SEPTEMBER 22, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 9 
Meeting - 11
SEPTEMBER 27, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 10 
Meeting - 12
SEPTEMBER 29, 2005
DiscussionChapter 11DRAFT PAPER DUE
SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2005
Meeting - 13
OCTOBER 4, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 12 
Meeting - 14
OCTOBER 6, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 13TERM PAPER DUE
OCTOBER 6-7, 2005
Meeting - 15
OCTOBER 11, 2005
Discussion, videoChapter 14 
Meeting - 16
OCTOBER 13, 2005
Discussion, videoFINAL EXAMFINAL EXAM
OCTOBER 13, 2005

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87
Each student should be able to say "I pledge, on my honor as a gentleperson, that I have neither given nor received aid on this test or paper."

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87
Plagiarism is very serious in academics. Never do it.

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.
NOTE: An attendance report of ā€œPā€ (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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
 
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