SO 301 Social Psychology
S1J 2007 IN
Senior Adjunct Faculty
A.A. Administration ManagementB.S. Criminal Justice AdministrationM.A. Sociology
Independence Campus, 291 Highway & 23rd Street, Indep., MO
5:30 - 9:50 on the nights I teach
January 15th, 2007 - March 11th, 2007
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional resource for this course include, but are not limited to:
Ehrlich, Howard J. (1973). The Social Psychology of Prejudice. New York: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the literature review is for students toresearch a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question,and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literaturereview is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature reviewis a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized bycommon themes, trends or findings.
Allinstructors must utilize this basic assignment as one of the assessments withinyour course. But, you are encouragedto personalize the assignment and adapt it to meet your teaching style and theneeds of your particular student population. For example, you may want toconsider the following adaptations:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
The assessment plan for this course will consist of the following:
A mid-term exam to cover chapters 1 - 6 (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials, powerpoint presentations, etc.)
A final exam to cover chapters 7 - Module B (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials, powerpoint presentations, etc.)
A literature review. The literature review is due on the 7th week of class. Students must clear their topic question with the instructor before starting work on this assignment.
Weekly in-class presentation. Students are responsible for bringing in a news story related to the week's subjects and share the story with the class. This is an informal presentation made by the student on a story of their choosing. These presentations, for weeks 2 through 7, will be at the beginning of each class. Students must also submit support material to the instructor, i.e., newspaper article, magazine article, web address, etc. Students not in class before the last presentation is given, may not give their presentation for that week (unless ok'd by the instructor), and will lose the points for that week. Students arriving late may not turn in their support material for credit.
A group presentation. The class will be divided into groups. On the 7th week of class, each group will make a presentation on a relevant social psychology topic. Each student in the group is expected to participate equally in the presentation and will be graded on their participation.
Attendance and Participation. Students will be awarded points for attending class and for participating. Attendance points will be awarded when students arrive to class no later than 15 minutes after class begins and leaves no later than 15 minutes before class ends. Students will receive participation points for each class when the student answers relevant questions, asks relevant questions, and/or makes relevant comments.
Literature review - 250 points
Mid-term exam - 200 points
Final exam - 200 points
Weekly in-class presentation - 120 points
Group in-class presentation - 50 points
Attendance and Participation - 80 points
Total points possible for the course = 900 points
90% of 900 points = "A" (810 points)
80% of 900 points = "B" (720 points)
70% of 900 points = "C" (630 points)
60% of 900 points = "D" (540 points)
59% or less of the 900 points possible = "F"
This grading scale will also be used on all assignments.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All material must be type written. The instructor will not accept diskettes in lieu of the hard copy. It is acceptable to disagree with ideas, opinions, comments, and points of view expressed by others. However, it is never acceptable to attack anyone verbally for their opinion, comment, ideas, beliefs, etc. Under no circumstance will any electronic recording device, audio or video, be permitted to be on in the classroom during class session or during break without the instructors permission. This includes telephones with audio and/or visual recording capabilities.
Week #1 - January 18th- Instructor's welcome; student introductions; review of syllabus and course outline. Week one's lecture will cover chapters 1 and 2. The focus in chapter one will be understanding what social psychology is, who some early social pshchologists were and their contributions to the discipline, the role of social pyschology in our society today, and research methods. In chapter 2, the lecture will focus on understanding schemas, and social cognition. Handouts are scheduled for this class session.
Week #2 - January 25th- Student's presentation. The lecture in week 2 will cover chapters 3 and 4. In chapter 3, the focus will be on attribution - understanding the causes of others' behavior. The lecture will also focus on attitude formation and cognitive dissonance from chapter 4. A discussion of the previous week's handouts, a video and another handout are scheduled for this session. Time allotted to work on group presentation.
Week #3 - February 1st- Student's presentation. The lecture for week 3 will focus on chapters 5 and 6. In chapter 5 the lecture will concentrate on self-esteem and attitiudes towards the self. The lecture will take a look at the relationship between self-esteem and biases. The lecture on chapter 6 will look at the subject of prejudice, the cause, effects and cures from a historical perspective, and will examine a variety of prejudices in society today. A discussion of the previous week's handout, a video and handout are scheduled. Time allotted to work on group presentation. Review for mid-term exam next week.
Week #4 - February 8th- Mid-term exam The mid-term exam is a timed exam. Students arriving late will not have any additional time to complete the exam unless approved by the instructor. Student's presentation. Lecture to cover chapter 7. The focus of this lecture will be internal and external determinants of attraction. Handout is scheduled.
Week #5 - February 15th- Student's presentation. The lecture for week 5 will cover chapters 8 and 9 and will concentrate on why it is important from a social standpoint for individuals to have close relationships, and what happens to the social fabric when those relationships are strained and even cease to be. There will be a close review of romantic relationships. The lecture for chapter 9 will examine how social influence can and does change people's behavior. The good and the bad of social influence will be reviewed with an emphasisi on compliance. A discussion of the previous week's handout, a video and handout are scheduled.
Week #6 - February 22nd- Student's presentation. The lecture for week 6 will cover chapters 10, 11, and 12. Chapter 10 will concentrate on why people are and aren't likely to help someone in need. Chapter 11 will explore human aggression involving a variety of scenarios and variables, to include issues such as gender, age, alcohol and drugs, and education. Chapter 12 will examine the impact of groups on individuals and on society, and vice versa. A discussion of the previous week's handout and time allotted for group presentation.
Week #7 - March 1st- Student's presentation. Literature reviews are due. Group presentations are due. The lecture this week will cover modules A and B.
Week #8 - March 8th- FINAL EXAM
Events and circumstances may force the instructor to adjust the syllabus. The instructor reserves the right to amend/alter the syllabus and will do so only when it is in the best interest of the class and will do so in a manner that will benefit the students. In the event the instructor needs to amend the syllabus, students will be made aware of the changes as quickly as possible.
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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
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