PS 301 Social Psychology
S1B 2007 BL
Stewart, Orbie L.
BS PsychologyMA CounselingMA Human Resource
09 January – 01 March, 2007
7:40 - 10:10 PM
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
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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(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.
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
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:
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
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.
1st week- 09 Jan1. 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 Jan1. 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 Jan1. 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 Jan1. 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 Feb1. 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 Feb1. 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 Feb1. Review basic concepts: Chapter 10 2. Lecture: Aggression, Chapter 11 3. Small group assignments 4. Discussion 5. Reading assignment: Chapter 12 6th week- 15 Feb1. 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 Action3. Small group assignments 4. Discussion 5. Reading assignment: Chapter 14
7th week- 22 Feb1. Review for Final Examination (Chapters 8-13)2. Review basic concepts3. Film, “What You Are Is What You See” 4. Small group assignments 5. Discussion of film 6. Reminder: FINAL EXAM. Next Week8th week-27 Feb1. 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
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