SO 301 Social Psychology
U1J 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
June 4th, 2007 - July 29th, 2007
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook for this course is Social Psychology, 11th edition, by Robert A. Baron, Donn Byrne, and Nyla R. Branscombe, published by Allyn and Bacon.
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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.
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Week #1 - June 7th - 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 - June 14th - 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 - June 21st- 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 - June 28th - 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 - July 5th - 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 - July 12th - 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 - July 19th - Student's presentation. Literature reviews are due. Group presentations are due. The lecture this week will cover modules A and B.
Week #8 - July 26th - FINAL EXAM
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