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PS 301 Social Psychology
Dapper, Karen L.


DSCC, Columbus, OH Fall 2004



Syllabus for Social Psychology

COURSE SYMBOL/NUMBER: SO 301
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: LL
COURSE TITLE: Social Psychology
SEMESTER/TERM: Fall 2004
INSTURCTOR: Dr. Karen L. Dapper
TITLE: Professor
LOCATION: DCSS
OFFICE HOURS: Mon.,Wed. & Fri. 1700-2230 TELEPHONE NUMBER: (614) 889-0015; Pager (614) 637-6562
PARK EMAIL: Karen.Dapper@park.edu
PREFERRRED EMAIL: kdapper@yahoo.com
FACULTY WEB PAGE: Karen.Dapper@captain.park.edu
DATES OF SEMESTER/TERM: August 17 – September 9, 2004
CLASS SESSION DAYS: Tuesday & Thursday
CLASS SESSION TIME: 1730 – 2230
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT HOURS: 3

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

VISION STATMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.

FACULTY’S EDCUATIONAL PHILOSPOHY: The professor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, videos, writings and examination. The instructor will engage each learner in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and controversies.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to appreciate, explain, integrate, and analyze the general concepts attributed to social psychology research and theories. Specific literacy areas to be addressed by students include:

Values Literacy – through appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet maintaining an openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments.
Critical Literacy – through gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively, meeting the basic computing demands of contemporary life, understanding standards of excellence, recognizing a variety of problem solving strategies, and contributing to desirable change or helping to preserve and transmit fundamental knowledge for the good of society.

COURSE TESTBOOK: Baron & Byrne (2003). Social Psychology: Tenth Edition. Allyn & Bacon: Boston

ACADMEIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “f”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veteran Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Social Psychology term papers submitted late will have 10 points deducted from the grade.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class. Participation in class discussion and attendance is a requirement. The students will complete a social psychology term paper and three examinations.

Instructions for Social Psychology Term Paper: Choose a social problem (i.e. race relations, domestic violence, AIDS, discrimination, teenage pregnancy, etc.) and write a paper examining the problem from a social psychology perspective. You need to incorporate concepts and theories related to Social Psychology, while you address the social problem within a Social Psychology frame. The paper should be five pages in length, double spaced, and type written. A resource page must accompany the work and all information should be cited appropriately. Please use a minimum of five references, one of which may be your textbook. This term paper is due September 9, 2004. Grades for late papers will be reduced by ten points.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Please bring your book to class each week and be prepared to discuss the material to be covered.

DISABLITY 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding student with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provision 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 pate: www.park.edu/disability.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNEMTNS:

Aug. 17 – Introduction and review syllabus. Read for discussion Chapters 1-2

Aug. 19 - Read for discussion Chapters 3 & 4. Review for exam

Aug. 24 – First exam. Read for discussion Chapters 5.

Aug. 26 – Read for discussion Chapter 6 & 7.

Aug. 31 – Read for discussion Chapter 8 & 9. Review for exam

Sept. 2 – Second exam. Read for discussion Chapter 10.

Sept. 7 – Read for discussion Chapter 11 & 12. Review for exam

Sept. 9 – Social Psychology term paper due. Read for discussion
Chapter 13. Third exam


GRADING PLAN:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

First exam………………………………28%
Second exam……………………………28%
Third exam………………………………28%

Social Psychology term paper……………16%

90 – 100…………………………………A
80 – 89……………………………………B
70 – 79……………………………………C
60 – 69……………………………………D
Below 60…………………………………F