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PS 301 Social Psychology
Stewart, Orbie 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.

Course

PS 301 Social Psychology

Semester

S1B 2007 BL

Faculty

Stewart, Orbie L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Psychology
MA Counseling
MA Human Resource

Daytime Phone

(915) 568-3831

Other Phone

(915) 757-2296

E-Mail

orbie.stewart@park.edu

stewarto@bliss.army.mil

Semester Dates

09 January – 01 March, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Baron, Robert A., Byrne, Donn and Branscombe, Nyla R.(2006) Social Psychology, (11th Ed). Boston, Pearson Publishing

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

As needed by students to complete projects as well as handouts and readings as assigned by the instructor.  Book review: “The Road less Traveled” by M. Scoot Peck (provided by instructor).

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Course Description:

(PS 301) A study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attractions. To increase understanding of our own and others' behavior through dialogue and interpretation.  Practicing interactions in class will enable students to improve interpersonal relations.  The course will focus on real issues, as they would occur in the social realm.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. Learning should be fun and interactive!

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.


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:

Completing a data collection project to address the research question.

Adding a research proposal to examine how a social psychologist might research the target question.

Student presentations to the class to share the information learned from Literature review.

Suggested topic selections:
The Physically Challenged, The Mentally Challenged, Incidence of Crime in the United States of America, Juvenile Delinquency, Discrimination of Women, Discrimination of Minorities, Poverty in the United States, Our Present Welfare System, The New Proposed Welfare System, Who are the Homeless?, Leadership Styles in Business, Altruism Among Americans, The Rich in America, The Poor in America, The Pollution Problems We Face, Immigration Issues, Education Systems Issues, Non-Verbal Communication, Communication Styles at Work, Martial Problems in Contemporary Society, Problems in our Legal System, Group Dynamics, Environmental Issues, Global Population Growth, USA Health Issues, Competition Vs Cooperation, Job Satisfaction, How to Influence Others, Interpersonal Conflict, Voting in the USA, The Concepts of Equality and Equity, Problems of the Elderly, In Search of Family Values, Family Violence, Gun Control, Gang Violence, Euthanasia, Pro-Life Vs Pro-Choice Issues, Wellness in the USA, Prayer in Schools, The Family Breakdown, Ethical or Unethical Practices.

 

 

Mid Term Examination                                    25 Points

Final Examination                                            25 Points

Literature Review                                            25 Points

Oral Presentation                                            25 Points

 Total Points                                                   100 Points

Grading:

A - 90-100

B - 80-89

C - 70-79

D - 60-69

F - 00-59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late reports are graded down by one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance is mandatory and is taken at each session.  After two consecutive unexcused absences, the student's name is reported to the office.  If you are going TDY, etc., prior arrangements must be made with the instructor about course requirements.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1st week- 09 Jan
1. Review syllabus; Conceptual framework
2. Assignment Presentation dates
3. Information: Term Paper Format

4. Lecture: Field of Social Psychology
5. Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 and 2
6. Reading Assignment: “The Road Less Traveled”

1st week- 11 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 1
2. Lecture: Social Perception, Chapter 2
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 3

2nd week- 16 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 2
2. Lecture: Social Perception, Chapter 3
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 4

2nd week- 18 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 3
2. Lecture: Chapter 4, Attitudes
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 5

3rd week- 23 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 4
2. Lecture: The Self, Chapter 5
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 6

3rd week- 25 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 5
2. Lecture: Prejudice and Discrimination, Chapter 6
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 7

4th week- 30 Jan
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 6
2. Lecture: Interpersonal Attraction, Chapter 7
3. Discussion
4. Small group assignments
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 8

4th week- 01 Feb
1. Review for Mid-Term Examination
2. Interpretation of test results
3. Review of basic concepts: Chapter 7
4. Lecture: Close Relationships, Chapter 8
5. Discussion
7. Reading assignments: Chapter 9

5th week- 06 Feb
1. Mid-Term Examination (Chapters 1-7)

2. Review basic concepts: Chapter 8
3. Lecture: Social Influence, Chapter 9
4. Small group assignments
5. Discussion
6. Reading assignment: Chapter 10

5th week- 08 Feb
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 9
2. Lecture: Pro-Social Behavior, Chapter 10
3. Small group assignments
4. Discussion
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 11

6th week- 13 Feb
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 10
2. Lecture: Aggression, Chapter 11
3. Small group assignments
4. Discussion
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 12

6th week- 15 Feb
1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 11
2. Lecture: Groups and Individuals, Chapter 12
3. Small group assignments
4. Discussion
5. Reading assignments: Chapter 13

7th week- 20 Feb

1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 13
2. Lecture: Social Psychology in Action
3. Small group assignments
4. Discussion
5. Reading assignment: Chapter 14

7th week- 22 Feb
1. Review for Final Examination (Chapters 8-13)
2. Review basic concepts
3. Film, “What You Are Is What You See”
4. Small group assignments
5. Discussion of film
6. Reminder: FINAL EXAM. Next Week

8th week-27 Feb
1. FINAL EXAM (Chapters 8-13)

2. Small group assignments: What else would you like to know about human behavior?
2. Synopsis.
4. Discussion
5. Book Review: “The Road less Traveled”

8th week-01 Mar

1. Interpretation of test results

2. Discussion of course objectives

3. Ideas to take with you

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:
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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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