PS 301 Social Psychology
F1T 2006 DLD
Cheryl L. Shirley
Senior Online Instructor
Ph.D. Candidate - Clinical Psychology (Sep 2006)M.S. - Clinical PsychologyM.Ed. - Counseling and Personnel Services
St. Robert, Missouri (CST)
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (and by appointment)
08/21/2006 to 10/15/2006
Brehm, S. S., Kassin, S. & Fein, S. (2005). Social psychology (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. (ISBN: 0-618-40337-X)
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: The following websites provide useful links and some full-text articles that are directly related to the study of social psychology:
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Educational Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is quite simple--I will provide you with all the "keys" that you need to unlock the doors of knowledge in the area of social psychology. I hold you responsible to use the keys and unlock the doors that will lead you toward a greater understanding of yourself, your world, and the people and events that surround you.
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 be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final examination, the quality of your literature review and movie application analysis, weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes, and active participation (and original contributions) in our online class explorations, discussions, and debates.
Available course points are distributed as follows:
Final Examination: 100 points (Taken during Week 8)
Literature Review: 80 points (Due Week 6)
Weekly Homework Assignments: 10 points weekly (80 points total)
Weekly Quizzes: 10 points each (70 points total)
Movie Application Analysis: 50 points (Due Week 7)
Active participation in weekly online explorations, discussions, and debates: 120 points Total Points
Total Course Points Available: 500
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
A = 90% - 100% (448 points and higher)
B = 80% - 89% (398 to 447 points)
C = 70% - 79% (348 to 397 points)
D = 60% - 69% (298 to 347 points)
F = 59% and lower (297 points or less)
The standards for each assignment will be communicated to you in advance. I will give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback. Use my feedback to improve the quality of your contributions to our classroom activities, while also improving your overall performance throughout this term.
Each student is responsible for:
Attending class every week
Completing weekly reading assignments
Submitting weekly homework assignments
Posting and replying to weekly explorations
Completing all assigned quizzes
Participating in weekly online class explorations, discussions, and debates
Conducting a literature review and submitting an APA-style paper Week 6
Completing an application movie analysis and submitting Week 7
Submitting a Proctor Request no later than Week 6
Completing a proctored comprehensive final examination during Week 8
Late Submission of Course Materials: I will not award you any credit for submitting late work unless you provide me with official documentation that confirms a personal emergency, an unavoidable conflict, or an extenuating circumstance that was beyond your personal control, thereby preventing you from submitting your required coursework by the established date and time.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect everyone to share the responsibility for our learning process. To accomplish this task, we will honor everyone's right to express their own informed opinions. We will engage in several explorations, discussions, and debates throughout this term, and we will not always embrace the same position on many controversial issues. So, in the final analysis, we will agree to simply disagree, and do so with mutual respect.
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 and interpersonal attraction to gender and social influence.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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. 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 .
Proctored Final Examination - A final course examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country. or at an alternative, preapproved location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
The student is responsible for submitting a proctor request by Week 6 of the term that is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the online instructor.
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
WARNING: Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic grade of "F"!
Last Updated:8/16/2006 5:47:32 PM