PS301 Social Psychology

for U1EE 2008

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PS 301 Social Psychology


U1EE 2008 MO


Weingartner, Nancy E.


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Masters of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Board Certified in Clinical Social Work

Office Location

Moody AFB Education Center

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

May 26, 2008 - July 20, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:45 PM

Credit Hours


Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. (2008) Social Psychology, (7th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin

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Course Description:
A study of the impact of the real or imagined social environment on individuals; particular emphasis is placed on the role of social and cultural influences on individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

True learning requires one's willingness to step outside their safe zone to explore the boundaries of their values, beliefs, and ideas.  Thus, a student must engage, interact, read, research, write and discuss their opinions and thoughts to truly learn.  The outcome of the learning will be evidenced through discussions, presentations and in writing through the paper and exams.  The instructor will engage each learner in critical thinking and encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions while at the same time challenging those long held beliefs and ideas.  Ultimately, a transformation will take place as part of the learning process and the student will learn about him/herself through their interactions with others.  This transformation means previous held paradigms will be adjusted and new ones created.  Thus, a student must be active and not passive. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define key theories and principles relevant to social psychology.
  2. Critically apply social psychological concepts to enhance one's understanding of their own behavior in a societal context.
  3. Identify and critique research methods in social psychology.
  4. Define and contrast key factors relevant in theories of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.

Core Assessment:

Literature Review

The purpose of the literature review is for students to research a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question, and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literature review is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature review is a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized by common themes, trends or findings.


  • Utilizes a minimum of 6 empirical, peer-reviewed, research articles as the basis of the literature review.
  • Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
  • Literature review should be approximately 10-12 pages (plus title and reference pages).
  • Includes an explicit section examining multicultural implications, findings, relevance and/or significance.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Each student is responsible for:  
- Completing and discussing weekly reading assignments
- Completing homework assignments
- Completing quizzes
- Completing a literature review
- Completing journal project/presentation  
- Completing two exams


Classroom participation      80 pts (5 a class)
Quizzes (6)                        60 pts (10 a quiz)                  
Journal Project                  60 pts
Mid-term Exam               100 pts
Final Exam                      100 pts
Literature Review            100 pts
Total                              500 pts
Final course will be determined as follows:
   A    450 - 500  
   B    400 - 449
   C    350 - 399
   D    300 - 349
   F    299 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments turned in late unless previous permission was granted by the instructor prior to the date the assignment was due.  Exams as well will be taken at the scheduled time unless the instructor granted the student permission prior to the date of the examination.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and to be on time. Absences need to be approved in advance.  Illnesses and emergencies need to be discussed with the instructor immediately upon return to class. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior each class and come to class prepared to discuss the material. Students are expected to be respectful of other classmates’ thoughts and feelings.  Disrespect will not be tolerated.  Under no circumstances with students be allowed to sleep in class. All class disruptions will be done in an orderly manner and will not become disruptive to the learning atmosphere.  In lieu of this, cell phones and pagers will be turned off or put on a silent or vibrate mode.  Responses to calls will be done at break time.  Emergencies and on –call issues will be managed appropriately when indicated.  Please advise the instructor in advance when on-call.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date      Topic                                        Homework                   
27 May
Review syllabus and
expectations; Introduction to Social Psychology
Read chapters 1 &2; bring in article on a current social psychology situation/observation. 
29 May Quiz 1, Doing Social Psychology Research Read chapter 3
3 June The Social Self Read chapter 4
5 June Quiz 2, Perceiving Persons Read chapter 5
10 June Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination Read chapter 6
12 June Quiz 3, Attitudes Read chapter 7
17 June Conformity, Review for midterm Study for midterm
19 June Midterm Chapters (1-7), Read chapter 8
24 June Group Processes Read chapter 9
27 June Quiz 4, Attraction and Close Relationships Read chapter 10, Complete journal presentation 
1 Jul Present journal project, Helping Others Read chapter 11,
3 Jul Quiz 5, Aggression Read chapter 12
8 Jul Law Read chapter 13
10 Jul Quiz 6, Business Read chapter 14, complete Lit review
15 Jul Turn in Literature Review, Health & Exam review Study for final exam
17 Jul Final Exam (chapters 8-14)

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Identifies and incorporates 7 or more empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that directly address the target research question.

Identifies and incorporates 6 empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that are appropriate and relevant for addressing the target research question.

Utilizes 5 or fewer research articles OR fails to utilize empirical, peer-reviewed research articles OR research articles are inappropriate for addressing the target research question.

No references or empirical basis for paper.

1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Literature review provides a cohesive, accurate analysis of the target question by organizing current information into logical themes, trends and findings; literature review provides a clear portrait of the current research status on the target topic.

Literature review is organized according to common themes, trends and findings that address the target question.

Literature review is presented as a series of unrelated findings/summaries OR literature review does not address the target question OR information fails to show any cohesiveness to topic.

Fails to provide a review of literature; paper is editorial, opinion, or personal reference.

1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings while going beyond the presented information to highlight original gaps, errors, inadequacies or unanswered issues in the research base.

Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings that correctly address the research question while summarizing reported gaps or inadequacies in the research base.  

Student inaccurately interprets or presents the empirical findings OR findings do not address the research question OR fails to note any gaps/inadeqacies in the research base.

No relationship between literature review and research question.

1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student accurately and consistenly utilizes appropriate social psychological concepts that demonstrate a clear understanding of terminology.

Student accurately utilizes social psychological concepts to discuss the research literature.

Student utilizes social psychological terminology inaccurately OR fails to consistently use social psychological terminology.

Utilizes no social psychological terminology.

1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student proposes an insightful, original research question that utilizes current social psychological information to extend our understanding of humans as social creatures.

Student provides an appropriate researchable question that can be addressed within the scope of social psychology.

Student provides a philosophical or unanswerable question OR utilizes a research question that cannot be addressed from a social psychological perspective.

Fails to provide a research question.

1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student shows a sophisticated knowledge of research methodology in their ability to critically evaluate the research question; addresses flaws or concerns with the research literature.

Student correctly applies their knowledge of research methodology to interpret and integrate empirical information in relation to their target question.

Student is inaccurate in their application of research methodology OR fails to apply their knowledge to accurately address the target question.

Student unable to understand or interpret research methodology OR fails to apply research knowledge to the review of literature.

Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors.

Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style.

Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors.

Student fails to use APA style.

1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Body of literature review is 13 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)

Body of literature review is 10-12 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)

Body of literature review is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) OR missing title/reference page

Body of literature review is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)

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1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student provides insight beyond what is presented in the literature in examining the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance; highlights awareness of the research question in relation to contemporary issues.

Student accurately addresses the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance of their research question.

Student mentions multicultural implications but fails to elaborate on the implications, findings and/or significance OR student fails to show an accurate understanding of multicultural issues.

No mention of multicultural issues, implications or findings.



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