PS301 Social Psychology

for U1E 2005


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SYLLABUS
Park University

COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PS 301

COURSE DESCRIPTON: Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction. This course is an introduction to the theory and methods of social psychology and the influence of social factors on human behavior.

COURSE TITLE: Social Psychology

SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Summer UIE05

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Severio Anthony Costello

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Instructor

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: BLDG. 1331 (JEC) Rm. 108

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 951-265-8578

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: Severio.Costello@pirate.park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: severiocostello@yahoo.com

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: N/A

DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: 6/6/05 – 7/31/8/05

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Mondays & Wednesday

CLASS SESSION TIME: 7:30 to 10:00 PM

PREREQUISITE: Suggested PS 101

CREDIT HOURS: 3


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 DESCRIPTION: Please see page 1.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is interactive based on lectures, readings, dialogue, examinations, research and writings. The instructor will engage each student in what is referred to as disputations learning to encourage critical thinking, exploration of ideas, theories and contradictions.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To understand the methods and focus of social psychology research, be familiar with varying viewpoints in the field, and integrate this information with the everyday world in which we live.

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Social Psychology; 11th Edition, Baron, Irwin, 2005.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

UNIVERSITY ATTENDANCE POLICY: Park University has determined that only two reasons for Excused Absences are Military/Job Duty (or) a Family Emergency - this type of emergency is you or immediate family is in a hospital. These situations will of course require written substantiation. Instructors are required by the university to keep attendance records and report absences. An instructor may excuse an absence for the above “University Excused Reasons”, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class. Unexcused absences will unfortunately carry penalties. Each Unexcused Absences will result in lowering a student’s course grade one full letter grade for each incident. Each Unexcused Lateness to a class meeting will lower a student’s course grade one-half full letter grade for each incident. In the event of one week of unexcused absence in a class being held once a week in a term of enrollment, the student may be administratively withdrawn by the university, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences in a course. Excessive absences will have to be reported to the appropriate tuition assistance agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: will loose one full letter grade for Each Assignment for Each Class Meeting Date Submitted Late in addition to other attendance penalties.

COURSE ASSESSMENT:
90 - 100 = A
80 – 90 = B
70 – 80 = C
60 – 70 = D
Below 60 = F
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: To have a Positive Learning Experience only Positive Relevant Classroom Participation will be permitted. Attendance and punctuality are very important in life and very important here as well. Not attending class and lateness shows disrespect for all involved.



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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
1. 6/6 Introduction and Orientation
2. 6/8 Chapters 1
3. 6/13 Chapters 2
4. 6/15 Chapters 3
5. 6/20 Chapters 4
6. 6/22 Chapters 5-6
7. 6/27 Chapter 7/Review
8. 6/29 Mid Term
9. 7/4 Holiday: No Class: Fill out the Personal Profile completely in lieu of class meeting.
10. 7/6 Chapter 8
11. 7/11 Chapter 9
12. 7/13 Chapter 10
13. 7/18 Chapter 11
14. 7/20 Chapter 12
15. 7/25 Review
16. 7/27 Final Exam

GRADING PLAN:
1. Positive Classroom Participation 20%
2. Attendance & Homework assignments 20%
3. Mid Term 30%
4. Final Exam 30%