SO 451 Advanced Social Psychology
S2T 2011 DL
Braun, Nicole R.
MA Labor and Industrial Relations/Sociology/Gender StudiesMA Counseling Psychology33 PhD credits
Traverse City, MI--Online
Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM EST
March 14, 2011 to May 8, 2011
Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Required • Edition: 1959 • Goffman, Erving
Mind, Self, and Society : From the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist
Required • Edition: 1934 • Mead, George Herbert
Managed Heart : Commercialization of Human Feeling -Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Required • Edition: (2ND)03 • Hochschild, Arlie Russell
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Instructor Learning Outcomes
Assignments and Points:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted with a 5 Point Grade Reduction PER DAY.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please show others the same courtesy and respect you would want from them.
Week 1. History and Development of Social Psychology
Notes over Currents of Thought in American Social Psychology
(Part 1 pgs. 19-52)
Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment
Mini-Test 1 must be completed by Sunday by 10:00 PM
Week 2. Major Schools of Thought in Social Psychology
(Part 2 pgs. 53-98)
Mini-Test 2 must be completed by Sunday by 10:00 PM
Historical Issue in Social Psychology Essay Due
Week 3. Social Cognition
Mind, Self & Society by George Herbert Mead Part 2 Mind pgs. 43-134
Mini-Test 3 must be completed by Sunday by 10:00 PM
Week 4. Exchange Theory
The Managed Heart by Arlie Russell Hochschild Chapters 2-3
Mini-Test 4 must be completed by Sunday by 10:00 PM
Week 5. Psychodynamics
The Managed Heart by Arlie Russell Hochschild Chapters 4-5
Mini-Test 5 must be completed by Sunday by 10:00 PM
Critical Evaluation of Social Psychology Essay 100 Points
Week 6. Group Dynamics and Role Theory
Mind, Self & Society by George Herbert Mead Part 3 The Self pgs. 135-226
Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment
Week 7. Symbolic Interactionism
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman pgs 17-76
Week 8. Recent Research and Disciplinary Trends
(Part 4 pgs. 237-264)
Core Analysis Paper Due
Comprehensive Final Exam
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Application and Critical Analysis Projects
250 Points (25% = 5 x 50 points)
5 Mini Tests will be given online via eCollege.
Questions will be compiled from the mini-tests and weekly discussion questions.
Participation and Discussion: Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment
As a part of creating an Active Online Learning Environment, you should plan to spend 4-6 hours per week working on this class.
You are responsible for responding to one discussion question each week. Choose any one discussion question posted in the conference thread By Wednesday of each class week develop a 'one paragraph' (6-8 sentences) answer to the question you've chosen and submit it to the conference area
You are required to do one peer review of another student’s response to a discussion question By Friday of each class week.
You are required to perform one self-assessment each week detailing at least three new things you learned By Sunday of each week. Develop a 'one paragraph’ (6-8 sentences) detailing at least 3 things you learned during the week. The paragraph may include topics you have found to be key points, areas you have found particularly useful, or any other information you feel will be beneficial to others in the class.
Historical Issue in Social Psychology Essay
The purpose of the Historical Issue in Social Psychology Essay is to begin laying the foundation for the core assessment paper. You will select one of the traditions form the field of Social Psychology that is covered in this course and complete parts 1 and 4 of the components of the core assessment essay.
1. Identify and summarize the major central assumptions, principles, and ideas in the tradition that you have chosen. Briefly describe them and their relations clearly and with detail. Discuss why you feel these to be important and useful.
4. Assess how useful and accurate you feel these ideas to be today. Has the world changed
in ways that invalidate their findings, if so, how and why? How can you adapt these
ideas to be continually relevant? If not, why not? Explain your reasoning.
Critical Evaluation of Social Psychology Essay
In this paper you will continue to work you started with the Historical Issue Paper, and complete components 2,3 and 5 of the
2. Demonstrate your ability to analyze and critique those assumptions, principles, and any associated empirical findings. Your analysis will break apart these ideas and discuss how they work together as well as discussing the implications of the position, as a whole. Your critique will evaluate the worth or effectiveness of both the theory and methods developed and employed in the study or studies that develop the ideas.
3. Since these traditions have been around for a while, they have each developed subsequent literatures. You should find what recent social psychologists have done with your research tradition, both pro and con, and add to their discussions of these theoretical principles and empirical findings.
5. Identify a specific event or events either in your own life or in public discourse (or both). Briefly the event(s), including how you understood them before you attempted to apply these social psychological concepts. Critique your pre-existing notions. What are their strengths and weaknesses? Do you have any biases?
Essay: (14-16 pages, not including tables, figures, bibliography and appendixes) You will choose two to five central concepts representative of one of the important traditions within the field of social psychology that we have covered in this course (social cognition, exchange theory, psychodynamics, group dynamics, role theory, or symbolic interactionism), for your core assessment essay. The essay must include the following components:
Continuing the work you started with the Historical Issue Essay and the Critical Evaluation Essay, you will bring synthesize components 1-5 and complete component 6. This does not mean that you will cut and paste your paper together. Think of this paper like a puzzle, in the end all of the pieces must fit together to complete the final project.
Your essay should focus on well-selected aspects of your chosen research tradition and clearly examine the links between theoretical concepts and real world applications. It should be carefully proofread and edited, conform to the applicable guidelines of APA format, and include all citations and references. Each point should be carefully explained with sociological concepts, explicitly justified with reason and empirical scientific evidence, and illustrated through specific real-world examples.
I find that by identifying a theme for the paper, either conceptual or applied, helps provide a framework for making an outline, staying focused maintaining relevance. Start by identifying a “Research Question” What is it that you want to know and how will you go about finding the answers to your question? Several conceptual themes that may apply to this course and the assigned readings are: language, emotions, work, reality, the media, deviance, identity and gender. Examples of applied themes are problems that social psychology addresses, clinical judgments, eyewitness testimony, jury deliberation, jury selection, politics and voting behavior, terrorism, abuse, communication, retelling and accountability, criminal profiling, teacher expectation and student failure and helping behaviors.
I also find that by using an Outline it is easier to stay focused and keep your writing organized. An outline should be a guide or a map for your work.
Good writing is good editing. One way to edit is to read your paper out loud. Another is to read it backwards. Personally, I have a very difficult time editing my own work so I have a friend edit for me, a friend that will be honest about my mistakes and willing to make constructive criticisms.
Outline For Project Report 14-16 Pages
(Not Including tables, Figures, Bibliography or Appendix)
I. Introduction / The Research Issue 2-3 Pages
II. Literature Review Pages 9-10 Pages
IV. Analysis 2-3 Pages
V. Conclusions 1-2 pages
Project Overview / Review
Limitations / Contributions to Future Research
(If you were going to do this project again, how would you make it better?)
Description of Judging Criteria
Provides a concise overview of the project. A person reading the summary should get a sense of what you plan to accomplish on this project.
Literature Review / History / Body
Be organized around your research question. Stay focused.
Synthesize the results into a summary of what is and is not known.
Identify areas of controversy in the Literature.
Cited from: http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/litrev.html
Does it describe and identify information?
Is analysis appropriate to literature review?
Does it clarify what is meaningful as well as what is meaningless?
Is analysis complete?
Provide an overview of what you accomplished on the project.
Clearly state what the goals of the project were and whether or not they were accomplished. What was your Research Question? Did you answer it?
List any changes in scope or direction of the project and why these changes were necessary.
State any work done over and above the original work proposed. Did you make any significant new discoveries? Describe your project in a positive way, but absolutely do not provide any falsehoods. Also state what you could do to improve the project. You must: identify specific and practical suggested improvements and identify any specific weaknesses of project and how you would fix them
Full List of all ideas and works cited or paraphrased in the text.
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