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PS 301 Social Psychology
Snipes, James E.


Course Number: Ps301
Course Title: Social Psychology
Instructor: James E. Snipes
Meeting Time:Thur 5:30-10:30 pm
Term Dates: 11 Oct –12 Dec 04
Site: WRPT
Phone: 937/236-6579

I COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a comprehensive study of social psychology. Students will learn the effects of social variables on individuals, including the areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction. Other concerns of the course will include, perception, cognition, attitudes, identity, attraction, prejudice, behavior, aggression, social influence, and their effects on society.

II GOALS OF THE COURSE: This course focuses on various psychological concepts of human involvement, and how they impact on interaction. The course is also designed to promote
knowledge of the basic concepts, methodologies, and rewards for learning, open-mindedness,professionalism, aesthetic, civic, critical science, and values literacy, a diversity of concepts, and civic awareness and responsibility.

III LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After you have completed this
course, you will be able to:
§ Psychological concepts such as the experimental
method, and the correlation method will be covered.

§ Non-verbal communication, understanding the causes of
behavior, impression formation and management.

§ Attitudes will be covered, and how the social world is

§ Heuristics will be reviewed to demonstrate how we use
mental shortcuts in our daily lives.

§ Social thought, formation of attitudes, and behavior,
how persuasion works, how and when attitudes change,
and when, and why we encounter cognitive dissonance.

§ Identity, as well as how we develop gender, and the
role it plays in our lives.

§ Origins of prejudice, and how we break the cycle of
prejudice through methods of intervention.

§ Gender stereotypes will be viewed from the perspective
of female discrimination, and sexual harassment.

§ We will examine how we are attracted to one another,
and how we become friends. We will look at what roles
proximity and emotions play in attraction, and how we
become acquainted, the concepts of similarity, and
reciprocity, and the need for affiliation.

§ We will progress from friendship, to close
relationships such as love, and marital relationships,
and how physical intimacy affects the relationship.
We will also review how we can deal with troubled
relationships, how they can be resolved.

§ Social influence, conformity, and the effects that
groups have. The concepts of compliance, and obedience
will be covered to include ingratiation, compliance,
and destructive obedience.

§ Prosocial behavior and aggression, and the causes of
violence, and how our, or others actions influence
aggression, what the personal causes of aggression
are, and what can be done to resolve or avoid it.


Critical Literacy:
The student will be able to gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively;
meet the basic computing demands of contemporary life;
know standards of excellence;
recognize varieties of problem-solving strategies; and be able to contribute to desirable
changes or help preserve and transmit fundamental knowledge for the good of society.

Civic Literacy:
The student will be able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene, and then develop ways that would
contribute to the solution of such problems through effective citizenship participation.

V COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of this course demands an understanding of the parameters and goals of social psychology and relationships, ability to compare and contrast theories, and acquire knowledge of social and ethical issues that allow for the sorting out of appropriate behavior discussed in class and those assigned as outside reading by the instructor. Additionally, each student must research and present a talking paper to the class on any topic of interest within the realm of Psychotherapy.

VI After the student has completed this course the
student will be able to: (a) explain why the study and
understanding of the individual in the social setting has value for one’s personal use; (b) summarize, compare and evaluate the theories and contexts of the individual in social settings; (c) describe the cognitive, social and individual processes of social interaction; and (d) form valid personal conclusions about the disturbances, the stress, and the health problems that occur in the life of the individual.

VII TEXTBOOK LIST: Baron, R., and Byrne, D., Social Psychology, Allyn and Bacon, 2002,
Tenth Edition, Boston.

for the successful completion of this course will be discussed in class during the first

Class Schedule/Session Assignment/s

1 Introduction/ Chapter 1

2 Chapters 2 & 3

3 Chapters 4 & 5

4 Midterm Exam/ Chapter 6

5 Chapters 7 & 8

6 Chapters 9 & 10

7 Chapter 11 & 12

8 Chapter 13 & Review

9 Final Exam

X CLASS POLICIES: All students must do their own work. If it is determined that a student submitted work which is not his or her own, the student will be dropped form the course and given the letter grade of “F”. Three (3) unexcused absences warrant an “F” for the course. Two (2) unexcused absences will warrant “withdrawal” from the course. If you know you will miss class because of TDY or other important and valid reason, please hand in a copy of your TDY orders or other appropriate/verifying document/s. All assignments (including homework, quizzes, test, term paper and verbal presentation) submitted late will be subject to a 10% reduction in total points assigned and nonsubmission will result in an F for the assignment.

Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

XI GRADING POLICIES: Participation 10%, presentation 20%, and examination/s 70%.Each examination will be made up of 55-70 questions consisting of a combination of multiple choice, short definition, and essay types of questions. *20% of the final grade will be earned by the student’s written and verbal demonstration of a concept or issue in Psychotherapy. The written presentation must be at least five (5) pages double-spaced and adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing, version 1 or 2 and have at least four (4) sources of research, no more than two (2) from the Internet.