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PS 301 Social Psychology
Mason, Teresa L.


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 Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePS 301 Social Psychology
SemesterS2F2005
FacultyTeresa L. Mason
TitleFull-time Instructore; Head of Social Psychology Department
Degrees/CertificatesMA
Office HoursAs requested
Daytime Phone703-598-1991
E-Mailteresa.mason@park.edu
Semester Dates21 March - 22 May 2005
Class DaysThursday
Class TimeFt. Myer 1700-2200
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Myers (2005). Social Psychology (8th Ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
• American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.). Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

• Fiske, S.T. & Taylor, S.E. (1991).  Social Cognition (2nd Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Inc.

•Blass, T. (Ed.). (2000). Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

•Brehm, S. S., Miller, R., Perlman, D., & Campbell, S. M. (2002). Intimate Relationships (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

•Petty, R. E., & Cacioppo, J. T. (1996). Attitudes and Persuasion: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

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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:
I believe the ideal classroom is one where students add their own ideas to discussions, debate and challenge their fellow students, and actively think through the concepts being discussed.  I learn so much from my students and I know they learn a lot from each other as well.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course students, at a minimum:
1. Will be able to define social psychology and describe its relationship to other social science disciplines.

2. Will be able to describe the processes of social perception – how we perceive individuals, groups, and ourselves in our society.

3. Will be able to discuss social influence including conformity and obedience, attitude formation, and persuasion.

4. Will be able to describe social interaction including interpersonal attraction and intimate relationships, as well as prosocial and aggressive behavior.

Course Assessment:
Students are expected to read the assigned readings before class to facilitate discussion.  Students are expected to participate in small group discussions and whole-class discussions.  There will be two examinations, in & out-of-class brief assignments, a paper, and a presentation.  Class attendance is essential for success in this course.

i). Each student will make a presentation. These presentations must report an incident or issue currently in the news, analyzed from a social psychological perspective.

Presentations should last approximately 5-10 minutes. Visual aids (such as overheads and/or handouts) are encouraged.

You are required to select your topic and have it approved in advance of each scheduled presentation. This will help ensure that your topic is acceptable and will permit us to schedule related reports together, so discussion can be more interesting.

ii). Writing assignment:

The paper will be double-spaced, typewritten using the APA Style Manual. The report should be between 5-7 pages, not counting references, attachments, and appendices.  At least 3 authoritative references should be used.  You are encouraged to use websites as well as social psychology journals.

You may do 1 of the following:

1.  Discuss an example of a social psychological concept from a movie or television program (i.e., attribution error, locus of control, foot in the door phenomena, cognitive dissonance, etc.). Describe the theme of the movie and explain how it demonstrates the social psychological concept.  Discuss and explain the social psychological concept and the implications for daily life.

Required: 2-3 articles plus any relevant sections from your text or other textbooks.

2.  Observe and describe a social situation outside of class that portrays a concept of social psychology. Discuss and explain the social psychological concept and the implications for daily life.  

Required:  2-3 articles plus any relevant sections from your text or other textbooks.

iii). In-class & out-of-class assignments: These assignments will be announced during class.

iv).  Exams: There will be a midterm and a final.

Grading:
• There will be two examinations worth 55% of your grade.
• In-class and out-of-class assignments will be worth 5 points each and will contribute 10% to your overall grade.
• Class presentations will be worth 15% of your overall grade.
• Your paper is worth 20% of your overall grade.

93 – 100 % = A
83 – 92 % = B
73 – 82 % = C
63 – 72 % = D
Below 63% = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If an in-class individual/group assignment occurs during an excused absence, the instructor may substitute a written assignment in place of the original assignment, in order for the student to make up any missed points.  The option to make up points, the assignment topic, and due date will be determined by the instructor.  Five points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late.

NOTE: Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student's being allowed to make up a missed mid-term or final examination. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam or by the end of the first working day after the day of a missed exam to request permission to take a make-up exam.  In the process of determining whether a make-up exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student.  The instructor has the right to request verification of any excuse offered by the student.  The student who is denied permission to take a make-up exam may appeal immediately to the Academic Director or the Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be made by the end of the first working day after the day of denial.  The appeal will be forwarded immediately to the Assistant VP for Extended Learning whose decision will be final.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The main component of this course will be lecture, however I do expect relevant class discussions. I expect each student to be actively involved, contributing to discussions. In order to facility this, you must read the assigned chapters before class.

Finally, if you are late for class or have an excused absence, it is your responsibility to find out what you may have missed.  Ask one of your fellow students before coming to me - this will prevent a lot of repetitive information being given in class.

Class MeetingChaptersActivitiesExams and Assignments Due
Meeting - 1
24 March
1 - IntroductionIntroduction to course; LectureN/A
Meeting - 2
31 March
2 - Self in social world
3 - Social Judgments
Lecture; Class discussionsN/A
Meeting - 3
7 April
3 - Social Judgments
4 - Behavior & Attitudes
Lecture; Class discussionsN/A
Meeting - 4
14 April
5 - Genes & Culture
6 - Conformity
Lecture; Class discussions; VideoN/A
Meeting - 5
21 April
6 - Conformity
7 - Persuasion
Lecture; Class discussions; PresentationsMidterm Due; Presentations
Meeting - 6
28 April
7 - Persuasion
8 - Group Influence
Lecture; Class discussions; PresentationsPresentations
Meeting - 7
5 May
9 - Prejudice
10 - Aggression
Lecture; Class discussions; PresentationsPresentations
Meeting - 8
12 May
10 - Aggression
11 - Attraction & Intimacy
Lecture; Class discussions; Video; PresentationsPresentations
Meeting - 9
19 May
N/APresentationsFinal Due

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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
 
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