PS301 Social Psychology

for F1B 2009

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PS 301 Social Psychology


F1B 2009 BL


Stewart, Orbie L.


BS Pshychology
MA Counseling
MA Human Resources Management

Daytime Phone

(915) 568-3831 Office

Other Phone

(915) 757-2296


Semester Dates

11 August-1 October 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



Baron, Robert A., Byrne, Donn and Branscombe, Nyla R. (2008) Social Psychology,(12th Ed). Boston, Person Publishing

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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.S. Peck (provided by instructor).

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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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness 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 should be fun!

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:

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you critically analyze psychometric information and communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Completing weekly homework assignments
  • Completing a literature review/paper
  • Completing a proctored mid term examination
  • Participating in and contributing to a group oral presentation
  • Completing a proctored final examination
Suggested Topic Selection For Literature Review:
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 Unidted 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, Global Warmining, Immigration Issues, Global Population Growth, Education Systems Issues, Non Verbal Communication, Communication Styles at Work, Problems in Relationships, Problems in Our Legal System, Group Dynamics, Environmental Issues, USA Health Issues, Competition Vs Cooperation, Job Satisfaction, How to Influence Others, Interpersonal Conflict, Voting In The USA, The Concepts of Equity, Problems of the Elderly, In Search of Family, Voting In The USA, The Concepts of Equality, 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.


You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final exam, literature review, mid term examination, weekly home work assignments, and a group oral presentation.
Points will be awarded as such:
Mid Term Examination                  (Week 5)             100 points
Literature Review /paper                (Week 7)             100 points
Weekly Home Work assignments                              70 points
Final Examination                         (Week 7)            100 points
Group Oral Presentation                                            30 points
                                                     Total                 400 points
                  A                   90% --------100%              348 points or higher
                  B                   80%-----------89%              298----347 points
                  C                   70%---------- 79%              248----297 points
                  D                   60%---------- 69%              198----247 points
                  F                   59%---and lower               197 points or lower

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS301 Social Psychology provides an overview of the key theories and perspectives that explain the power of the situation in shaping our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. As such, the course covers issues ranging from prejudice to gender to social influence to interpersonal attraction. As we move through each of these topics, your task is to critically apply the relevant concepts to your own life. The following table highlights the weekly topics:
1st week 11 Aug 09
Review syllabus: Conceptual frame work
Assignments and  presentation dates
Lit review format/ Group assignments
Lecture: Field of Social Psychology (Over View)
Reading assignment: "The Road Less Traveled" Oral Presentation
Reading assignment  Chapters 1 and 2
1st week 13 Aug 09
Review Chapter 1
Lecture: Chapter 2, Social Cognition
Discussion/Home work
2nd week 18 Aug 09
Review Chapter 2
Lecture: Chapter 3, Social Perception
Discussion /Home work
2nd week 20 Aug 09
Review Chapter 3
Lecture: Chapter 4, The Self
Discussion /Home work
3rd week 25 Aug 09
Review Chapter 4
Lecture: Chapter 5, Attitudes
Discussion /Home work
Video: "What You Are is Where You Were When"
3rd week 27 Aug 09
Review Chapter 5
Discussion of Video
Lecture: Chapter 6, Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
Discussion/ Home work/Group 1 Presentation
4th week 1 Sep 09
Review Chapter 6
Lecture: Chapter 7, Interpersonal Attraction
Discussion/ Home work/ Group 2 Presentation
4th week 3 Sep 09
Mid- Term Review
Review Chapter 7
Lecture: Chapter 8, Social Influence
Discussion/Home work/ Group 3 Presentation
5th week 8 Sep 09
Review Chapter 8
Lecture: Chapter 9, Prosocial Behavior
Discussion/ Home work
5th week 10 Sep 09
Review Chapter 9
Lecture: Chapter 10, Aggression
Discussion/ Home work/ Group 4 Presentation
6th week 15 Sep 09
Review Chapter 10   
Lecture: Chapter 11, Grouups and Individuals
Discussion/ Home work/ Group 5 Presentation
6th week 17 Sep 09
Review Chapter 11
Lecture:  Chapter 12, Social Psychology
Discussion/ Home work
7th week 22 Sep 09
Review Chapter 12
Video "What You Are Is Not What You Have To Be"
Discussion/ Home work
7th week 24 Sep 09 
Review for final examination  
Review basic concepts in Social Psychology
Show ABC video for Social Psychology
Discuss Video
8th week 29 Sep 09
Final Social Psychology concerns
8th week 1 Oct 09
Review of final examination 
Over view of Social Psychology

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
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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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