PS301 Social Psychology

for S2D 2007

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PS 301 Social Psychology


S2D 2007 DA


Brewster II, Franklin R.


Senior Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Counseling-Career Counseling, Chapman University
B.S. Social Psychology, Park College

Office Location

Park University Davis-Monthan Campus Office

Office Hours

Wednesdays,  5:30pm- 6:30pm (call for an appointment)

Daytime Phone

(520) 241- 2959


Semester Dates

March 19, 2007- May 13, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


Brehm, S., Kassin, S. & Fein, S.  (2005) Social Psychology, (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Houghlin Mifflin.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Lippa, R. (1990). Introduction to Social Psychology, California: Wadsworth publishing Company.
Baron, R.A., & Bryne, D. (2003). Social Psychology, (10th ed.). Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon.

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Course Description:
(SO301) 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:
I believe in the "transformational" view of learning where the student interacts within their community as part of the learning process.  The student is an active participant, not a passive learner.  I believe in challenging students to consider new and different views.  The classroom is an excellent setting to challenge current paradigms by being introduced to new concepts.  I challenge students to critically evaluate the new information and to reach their own conclusions.

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:

Lecture, discussion, essay, presentations, journal, exams, class activities.
1.  Students are expected to read all aissgnments prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material.
2.  Students will be required to complete two exams covering assigned material to include lectures and handouts. 3.  Students will complete a journal during the class with a minimum of 12 entries related to classroom topics (4.5 points each), with at least 150 words per entry.  Entries that do not have at least 150 words will receive zero points and not count toward the 12 entries.
4.  Students will be required to participate in 6 weekly discussion questions posted to the site.  Each response needs to be a minimum of 200 words using proper APA citations from the textbook to support your answers. 
5.  Students will be required to complete a Core Assessment as outlined in this syllabus.  Students will also need to give a presentation of their core assessment to the class. Each presentation must utilize an electronic format, such as power point for their presentation. Each section of the rubric is worth 9 points. The presentation is worth 12 points and using an electronic format, with a minimum of 10 slides and a hyperlink is worth 7 points.


Exam I  (Mid-term)             25% (80pts)
Exam II (Final)                    25% (80pts)
6 Threaded Discussions       12% (48pts, 8 points each) 
Journal                                13.5% (54pts)
Core Assessment                25% (100pts)
Class Participation               9.5%  (38pts)
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: (400 total points possible)
364- 400    A
324- 363    B
284- 323    C
244- 283    D
Below 244   F (or two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be marked down one letter grade (40 points) for each class period they are late and a failing grade assigned if not submitted before the final exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must be respectful to all points of view, especially to those which are different from their own.  Respect and courtesy must prevail in the classroom.  Students are responsible to ensure all work is submitted timely.  Students should plan ahead so as to not be late with assignments due to equipment malfunctions.

March 19, 2007
Chapter 1
Online Assignment

Review Syllabus
Review APA Style


March 21, 2007
Chapter 2

Review Core Assessment


March 26, 2007
Chapter 3

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise

Threaded Discussion #1 Due

March 28, 2007
Chapter 4

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise


April 2, 2007
Chapter 5

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise

Threaded Discussion #2 Due

April 4, 2007
Chapter 6

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise


April 9, 2007
Chapters 7

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise
Review for Exam I (chapters 1-6)

Threaded Discussion #3 Due

April 11, 2007
Exam I



April 16, 2007
Chapter 8

Lecture and discussion
Student Exercise

Return Exam I

April 18, 2007
Chapter 9

Lecture and discussion
Student exercise


April 23, 2007
Chapter 10

Lecture and discussion

Threaded Discussion #4 Due

April 25, 2007
Chapters 11



April 30, 2007
Chapter 12

Lecture and discussion

Threaded Discussion #5 Due

May 2, 2007
Chapter 13

Lecture and discussion
Student Presentations

Journals Due

May 7, 2007
Chapter 14

Student Presentations
Review for Exam II

Threaded Discussion #6 Due
Core Assessments due

May 9, 2007
Final Exam II

Exam II

Return Journals




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 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.

  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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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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