PS 301 Social Psychology
U1T 2006 DLB
West, James E.
San Antonio Texas
8 - 5 Central Time
05 JUN 06 – 30 JUL 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. 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 .
Last Updated:5/6/2006 5:59:42 PM