PS 301 Social Psychology
S2T 2006 DL
West, James E.
San Antonio Texas
8 - 5 Central Time
13 Mar - 07 May 06
Textbook: Social Psychology (6th Edition) by Brehm, Kassin and Fein. Houghton Mifflin; ISBN # 061840337X
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
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: Learning is a change in behavior that results from an experience. This process is a shared experience.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you critically analyze psychometric information and communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student is responsible for:
• Completing weekly reading assignments
• Completing weekly homework assignments
• Completing weekly quizzes
• Participating in weekly on-line class discussions
• Completing a literature review
• Completing an application movie analysis
• Completing a proctored final examination
Grading: You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final exam, literature review, movie application analysis, weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes and participation in online exploration class discussions. Points will be assigned as follows:
Final exam (Week 8) 100 points
Literature review 80 points
Weekly homework assignments 80 points
Weekly quizzes 70 points
Movie application analysis 50 points
Participation in online exploration discussions 120 points
Total 500 points
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
A 90% - 100% 448 points and higher
B 80% - 89% 398 – 447 points
C 70% - 79% 348 – 397 points
D 60% - 69% 298 – 347 points
F 59% and lower 297 points and lower
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Late work will only be accepted with written permission from the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Respectful adult behavior is expected.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: PS301 Social Psychology provides an overview of the key theories and perspectives that explain the power of the situation in shaping our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. As such, the course covers issues ranging from prejudice to gender to social influence to interpersonal attraction. As we move through each of these topics, your task is to critically apply the relevant concepts to your own life. The following table highlights the weekly topics:
Week 1 Introduction to Social Psychology
Week 2 The Social Self and Perceiving Persons
Week 3 Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
Week 4 Attitudes and Conformity
Week 5 Group Processes
Week 6 Attraction and Close Relationships
Week 7 Helping Others and Aggression
Week 8 Applying Social Psychology
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
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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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 .
Exceeds Expectation (3)
Meets Expectation (2)
Does Not Meet Expectation (1)
No Evidence (0)
SynthesisOutcomes1, 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 less 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.
AnalysisOutcomes1, 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.
EvaluationOutcomes1, 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.
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.
ConceptsOutcomes1, 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.
ApplicationOutcomes1, 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 ArtifactOutcomes1, 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.
ComponentOutcomes1, 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)
M/LL CoursesOutcomes1, 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.