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PS 301 Social Psychology
Miller, Tamara D.


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

F2J 2007 DN

Faculty

Miller, Tamara D.

Title

Adjunct faculty, social sciences

Degrees/Certificates

MA Central Missouri State University
BA University of Missouri Kansas City
AA Longview Community College

Office Location

downtown

Office Hours

before class, by appointment

Daytime Phone

913 573 3191

Other Phone

816 529 4166

E-Mail

tamara.miller@park.edu

tammil818@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

October 23 - December 11

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

The Social Animal
Elliot Aronson
10th ed.
Worth Publishers
ISBN: 1-4292-0316-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-429-20316-6

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Course Description:
A study of the impact of the real or imagined social environment on individuals; particular emphasis is placed on the role of social and cultural influences on individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that learning is about challenging the boundaries of your own thoughts, beliefs and ideas. I encourage active participation, dialogue and differing points of view. I fully expect that you will encounter things you disagree with and I fervently hope that you will come to look at things through many lenses as a result of our discourse.

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:

Your grade will be based on multiple choice, fill in the blank, essay and short answer exams, your core assessment project, participation in the ReStart tour/project, a scholarly journal article review and a brief observation exercise.
Your exams are worth 100 points each
Your core project is worth 100 points
Your ReStart participation is worth 25 points
Your article review is worth 50 points
Your observation is worth 25 points
No exam is weighted any differently than any other. Your final is non-comprehensive except to the extent that the knowledge and terminology build throughout the term. You may not submit anything handwritten. Your article review may certainly be part of the research that you do for the core assessment project.

Grading:

Exams, three 100 points
Core project 100 points
ReStart 25 points
Article Review 50 points
Observation 25 points
 
500 - 450 A
449 - 400 B
399 - 350 C
349 - 300 D
299 and below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless you have made arrangements with me in advance, I will not accept late materials.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

You will encounter things in here that perhaps you do not agree with, this is acceptable. We only consider or debate ideas in here, not people. I respect your right to beleive as you wish and you must accept the right of others to do the same.
 
We only raise our voices if the building is on fire.
 
This class lends itself to personal disclosures at times. In order for that to be safe for everyone, everything that we say in here, stays in here.
 
Please turn your cell phones and pagers to silent/vibrate. If you need to take/make a call, step quietly to the hall. We will generally break about 7pm if that will help you plan your calls.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date topics    assignments
10/23

introductions, housekeeping, norm violation exercise and report out, review of sociological paradigms/terms and what is social psychology?

Discussion of core topics

Please read chapter 1

Observation "form" distributed tonight

10/30 Conformity, who why and when...mass communication, propaganda vs. education, how do we persuade and how can knowing improve your presentations/writing, etc.

Ch 2 and 3

Core topic due
 
Study guide distributed for exam one
11/6 Social cognition

Exam one, ch 1 - 3

Resources for your core project are due tonight as well as your journal article review

11/13 Self justification, aggression and violence

ch 4 and 5

Study guide for exam two distributed tonight

11/20 prejudice, psychological, structural and cultural theories and "walk of privilege" exercise exam two ch 4, 5 and 5
11/27

Who do ya love? Liking, loving  and interpersonal communication/fair fighting/conflict resolution skills

Research in the social sciences, is it REALLY scientific?????

 

distribution of study guide for final exam

12/ 3 PLEASE NOTE THIS DAY CHANGE Class will meet at ReStart for a tour and service project    Core Assessment project due
12/22 Review and Final Exam    Final Exam

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Please ask and err on the side of caution. Far and away most of my students who are guilty are guilty through ignorance, not deliberation. I am happy to help and have provided some resources for your consideration in the links below.

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Any two absenses will result in adminstrative withdrawal.

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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