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PS 301 Social Psychology
Alexander, Theresa R.


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.

Course

PS 301 Social Psychology

Semester

S2WW 2007 WN

Faculty

Alexander, Theresa R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Science, Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor

Office Location

4 Life Center  811-A S. Highway 14; Lexington, MO

Office Hours

9am-4pm; Monday-Friday; call first please

Daytime Phone

660/259-3823

E-Mail

tdotson@park.edu

Semester Dates

Spring 2006

Class Days

------S

Class Time

9:00 - 2:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Social Psychology 6th edition Brehm/Kassin/Fein

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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:
The facilitators philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, examinations, videos, group discussion, writings, and the internet.  The facilitator will engage each student by thought-provoking questions regarding social psychology throughout the world regarding modern and historical times. The facilitator will also provide examples from her professional counseling experience.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will become familiar with the functional and operation definition of social psychology. They will understand research methods.
  2. Understand how social/self perception relates to relationships in their lives.
  3. Understand stereotypes, attitudes, conformity and how they relate to one another and society.
  4. Understand the group process in regards to personal social groups, work-related activities, stranger situations, and other society group situations
  5. Explain and understand attraction and attribution theories.
  6. Successfully discuss why or why not they, and society, decide to help others or not.
  7. Illustrate examples of human aggression.
  8. Explain how jury selection and the justice system have to do with social psychology.
  9. Be prepared for and conceptualize how job interviews and co-worker interaction are seen differently by each party.
  10. Identify and provide examples of how one
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.


Requirements:



  • 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:
Students are expected to read text chapters prior to the day of its discussion. Students will take and satisfactorily complete 2 tests which includes the final.  Students will keep a weekly journal related to current class topic/discussion. Students will complete and present a 5-7 minute research paper on one of the text chapter topics to be decided by instructor and student collaboratively. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.

Grading:
100 points Attendance  10 points for each class period (8) Weekly Activities  10 points each Paper/Presentation   150 points Participation  10 points for each class discussion Total Possible Points:   560 points Grading Scale 100-90%   A 89-80%    B 79-70%    C 69-60%    D

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted unless there are extreme circumstances that are discussed with instructor in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required and expected to attend each session in its entirety. Students will be expected to be respectful of each student's perspective and input. You may eat and drink in class as long as you clean up after yourself and it does not cause a disturbance to those around you.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week One: Read Chapter 1 and 2 and be ready to discuss the information. There will be an activity and discussion for related to each chapter. There will be a quiz over each chapter. Week Two: Read Chapters 3 and 4 and be ready to discuss the information when coming to class. There will be an activity and discussion related to each chapter. There will be a quiz over each chapter. Week Three: Class will meet at 8am and end one hour early this day. Read Chapters 5 and 6 and be ready to discuss the information when coming to class. There will be an activity and discussion related to each chapter. There will be a quiz over each chapter. Week Four: Read Chapter 7 and be ready to discuss the information in class. There will be an activity and discussion related to the chapter. There will be a quiz over the chapter. Students will begin giving presentations based on their written paper. Paper will be due at the end of your presentation. Week Five: Read Chapters 8 and 9 and be ready to discuss the information when coming to class. There will be an activity and discussion related to each chapter.  Finish up presentations if needed. Week Six: Read Chapters 10 and 11 and be ready to discuss the information when coming to class. There will be an activity and discussion related to each chapter. There will be a quiz over each chapter. Week Seven: Read Chapters 12, 13 and 14 and be ready to discuss the information when coming to class. There will be an activity and discussion related to each chapter. There will be a quiz over each chapter. Week Eight: Class summary, wrap up and final exam review. Final exam will be given.

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:
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

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
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.



 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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.



 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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.



 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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.



 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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.



 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
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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Outcomes
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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