PS301 Social Psychology

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PS 301 Social Psychology


F2AA 2008 LC


Ajas, Hiroshi


Senior Instructor


Master in Social Work, MSW; licensed LMSW in Texas
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, MS
Master of Arts in Business Management, MA

Office Location

Lackland AFB, TX

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

20 Oct 2008- 14 Dec 2008

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours


Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. (2008) Social Psychology, (7th edition), Houghton Mifflin.

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Course Description:
PS 301 Social Psychology: 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 individuals thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational and teaching philosophy is one of partnership with students to accomplish a mutually agreed goal of learning. To accomplish this goal, the instructor serves as an active "agent" to orchestrate ways to facilitate open and free communications; coordinate students' effort to meet course objectives; and to provide a healthy, learning environment to give each student the freedom to learn and grow. Prior to each class, the instructor will provide a detailed course outline of major are of interests for each chapter, followed with a copy of power point lecture slides. During class, students will be asked to summarize major concepts, ideas or issues brought out in the lecture as well as participating in small working groups.  In summary, th instructor will integrate class lecture, power point slides, examinations and group discussions and Core Assessment assignment to meet course objectives.

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.


  • 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:

1. 13 Nov 08- Midterm Examination:  Chapters 1-7.
2. 11 Dec 08- Final Examination:   Chapters 8-14. Both examinations will include multiple choice, true and false and short answer response questions.
3. Core Assessment Literature Review Paper:  Each student will prepare a research paper on a topic relevant to social psychology, approved by the instructor. The research paper will include the development of a research question and through literature review, provide supporting evidence to address the specific research question. A detailed outline for this assignment will be discussed in class.
4. Attendance and Group Participation:  A percentage of each student's overall grade will be based on attendance and active participation in all class discussions and group exercises. Excused and unexcused absences and inactive participation, will result in the deduction of points per class.


1. Midterm Examination- 100 points (33.5%)
2. Final Examination- 100 points (33.5%)
3. Core Assessment Literature Review  Paper- 75 pints (25%)
4. Attendance and Class Particiaption- 25 points (8%)
5. Total Points- 300 points (100%)
300-270= A
269-240= B
239-210= C
209-180= D
179 and below= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments will receive a grade of "zero." There will be NO make up sessions or tests  for unexcused absences. The student must make every effort to contact the instructor as soon as possible to make up missed assignments/tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation and appropriate classroom behavior is expected and attendance taken for each class. Class missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal and medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor (e.g. email or phone call) as soon as possible to make up missed assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. 21 Oct- Introduction to social psychology; review of course objectives and examinations; discussion of Core Assessment paper; and slide presentation of Chapter 1- Introduction.
2. 23 Oct- Chapter 2- Doing Social Psychology Research, lecture slides and group exercise.
3. 28 Oct- Chapter 3- The Social Self, lecture slides and group exercise.
4. 30 Oct- Chapter 4- Perceiving Persons, lecture slides and group exercise.
5. 4 Nov- Chapter 5- Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination, lecture slides and group exercise on stereotypes.
6. 6 Nov- Chapter 6- Attitudes, lecture slides and group exercise.
7. 11 Nov- Chapter 7- Conformity, lecture slides and review for midterm examination.
8. 13 Nov- Midterm Examination; chapter 7- Conformity, and group exercise on conformity..
9. 18 Nov- Chapter 8- Group Processes, lecture slides and group process exercise.
10. 20 Nov- Chapter 9- Attraction and Close Relationship, lecture slides and group exercise on attraction.
11. 25 Nov- Chapter 10- Helping Others, lecture slides and group exercise.
12. 27 Nov- Chapter 11- Aggression, lecture slides and group exercise on aggression.
13. 2 Dec- Chapter 12- Law, lecture slides and group exercise.
14. 4 Dec- Chapter 13- Business, lecture slides and group exercises.
15. 9 Dec- Chapter 14- Health; review for final examination.
16. 11 Dec- Final Examination

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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.

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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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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