PS 301 Social Psychology
S1J 2008 IN
Senior Adjunct Faculty
A.A. Administration ManagementB.S. Criminal Justice AdministrationM.A. Sociology
Independence Campus, 291 Highway & 23rd Street, Indep., MO
5:30 - 9:50 on the nights I teach
January 14th 2008 - March 9th 2008
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Social Psychology, 11th edition, Robert A. Baron, Donn Byrne, and Nyla R. Branscombe, published: Allyn and Bacon 2006
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The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web-sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
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:
The assessment plan for this course will consist of the following:
A Mid-term exam to cover chapters 1-6 (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials, power point presentations, etc.)
A final exam to cover chapters 7 through 11 and Modules A and B (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials power point presentations, etc.)
A literature review. The literature review is due on the 7th week of class. Students must clear their topic question with the instructor before starting work on this assignment.
Weekly in-class presentations. Students are responsible for bringing in a news story related to the week's subjects and sharing the story with the class. This is an informal presentation made by the student on a story of their choosing. These presentations, for weeks 2 through 7, will take place at the beginning of each class. Students must also submit support material to the instructor, i.e., newspaper article, magazine article, web address, etc. Students not in class be for the last presentation is given may not give their presentation for that week (unless ok'd by the instructor), and will lose the points for that week. Students arriving late may not turn in their support material for credit.
A group presentation. The class will be divided into groups. On the 7th week of class, each group will make a presentation on a relevant social psychological topic. Each student in the group is expected to participate equally in the presentation and students will be graded by the instructor on their own work within the group.
Attendance and participation. Students will be awarded points for attending classes and for participating in class. Attendance points will be awarded when students arrive to class no later than 15 minutes after class begins and leaves no sooner than 15 minutes before class ends. Students will receive participation points for each class when the student asks and/or answers relevant questions in class, or make contributions to the discussions taking place in class.
Literature review: 250 points
Mid-term exam 200 points
Final exam 200 points
Weekly in-class presentations 120 points
Group in-class presentation 50 points
Attendance and participation 80 points
Total points possible for the course 900 points
90% of 900 points (810 points) = A
80% of 900 points (720 points) = B
70% of 900 points (630 points) = C
60% of 900 points (540 points) = D
59% or less of the 900 points possible = F
This grading scale will be used on all assignments.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any material turned in late will receive an automatic 15 point per day reduction before it is graded unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. The 15 point per day point reduction will occur prior to the assignment being graded. Students should not e-mail assignments to the instructor with the understanding that the assignment will not receive the 15 point per day reduction unless the instructor has given permission for the assignment to be e-mailed. Otherwise, the student may only assume that the assignment was not turned-in when it was due and will be assessed the 15 point per day reduction, even if it was e-mailed to the instructor. Any student who gives their assignment to another student to turn in for them is still responsible for their assignment reaching the instructor when it is due. If the assignment does not reach the instructor when it is due, it will be assessed a 15 point per day reduction.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All material must be type written. The instructor will not accept diskettes in lieu of the hard copy. It is acceptable to disagree with ideas, opinions, comments, and points of view expressed by others. However, it is never acceptable to attack anyone verbally for their opinion, comment, ideas, beliefs, etc. Under no circumstance will any electronic recording device, audio or video, be permitted to be on in the classroom during class session or during break without the instructors permission. This includes telephones with audio and/or visual recording capabilities.
Week #3 - January 30th - Student's presentation. The lecture for week 3 will focus on chapters 5 and 6. In chapter 5 the lecture will concentrate on self-esteem and attitudes towards the self. The lecture will take a look at the relationship between self-esteem and biases. The lecture on chapter 6 will look at the subject of prejudice, the cause, effects and cures from a historical perspective, and will examine a variety of prejudices in society today. A discussion of the previous week's handout, a video and handout are scheduled. Time allotted to work on group presentation. Review for mid-term exam next week.
Week #4 - February 6th - Mid-term exam The mid-term exam is a timed exam. Students arriving late will not have any additional time to complete the exam unless approved by the instructor. Student's presentation. Lecture to cover chapter 7. The focus of this lecture will be internal and external determinants of attraction. Handout is scheduled.
Week #5 - February 13th - Student's presentation. The lecture for week 5 will cover chapters 8 and 9 and will concentrate on why it is important from a social standpoint for individuals to have close relationships, and what happens to the social fabric when those relationships are strained and even cease to be. There will be a close review of romantic relationships. The lecture for chapter 9 will examine how social influence can and does change people's behavior. The good and the bad of social influence will be reviewed with an emphasis on compliance. A discussion of the previous week's handout, a video and handout are scheduled.
Week #6 -February 20th - Student's presentation. The lecture for week 6 will cover chapters 10, 11, and 12. Chapter 10 will concentrate on why people are and aren't likely to help someone in need. Chapter 11 will explore human aggression involving a variety of scenarios and variables, to include issues such as gender, age, alcohol and drugs, and education. Chapter 12 will examine the impact of groups on individuals and on society, and vice versa. A discussion of the previous week's handout and time allotted for group presentation.
Week #7 - February 27th - Student's presentation. Literature reviews are due. Group presentations are due. The lecture this week will cover modules A and B.
Week #8 - March 5th - FINAL EXAM
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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