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SO 451 Advanced Social Psychology
Braun, Nicole R.


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Course

SO 451 Advanced Social Psychology

Semester

S2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Braun, Nicole R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA Labor and Industrial Relations/Sociology/Gender Studies
MA Counseling Psychology
33 PhD credits

Office Location

Traverse City, MI--Online

Office Hours

Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM EST

Daytime Phone

231-935-0142

Other Phone

Fax  231-935-0142

E-Mail

Nicole.braun@park.edu

Web Page

http://nicolerbraun.com/

Semester Dates

March 14, 2011 to May 8, 2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Required • Edition: 1959 • Goffman, Erving
ISBN: 9780385094023

Mind, Self, and Society : From the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist
Required • Edition: 1934 • Mead, George Herbert
ISBN: 9780226516684

Managed Heart : Commercialization of Human Feeling -Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Required • Edition: (2ND)03 • Hochschild, Arlie Russell
ISBN: 9780520239333

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Course Description:
SO 451 Advanced Social Psychology: An in-depth survey of the major theoretical approaches in social psychology, including; social cognition, exchange theory, group dynamic, role theory, psychodynamics, symbolic interactionism, and social constructionism. The emphasis of each theory and major studies and finding are used as illustration. 3:0:3 Prerequisites: PS 301

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the history and development of social psychology.
  2. Explain the relations among different schools of thought and research traditions in social psychology.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of social psychological theories to explain real world phenomena.
  4. Associate important concepts and research findings with their traditions and other theories.
  5. Integrate multiple levels of social and psychological processes in an analytical project.
  6. Communicate social psychological explanations for important personal and institutional events.
Class Assessment:
  • 1-5 Application and Critical Analysis Projects (25% = 5 x 50 points) 250 points (Mini-Tests/Week 1-5)
  • Historical Issue in Social Psychology Essay 50 Points Due Week 2
  • Critical Evaluation of Social Psychology Essay 100 Points Due Week 5
  • Core Assessment (20%) 200 Points Due Week 8
  • Weekly Participation and Discussion 200 Points
  • Comprehensive Final Examination (20%) 200 Points (Week 8)

Grading:

Assignments and Points:

Application and Critical Analysis Projects  
250 points  
 Historical Issue in Social Psychology Essay
50 Points   
 Critical Evaluation of Social Psychology Essay
100 Points  
 Core Assessment 
200 Points
 Weekly Participation and Discussion
200 Points 
 Comprehensive Final Examination
200 Points  
TOTAL    
1000 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.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

Notes over Currents of Thought in American Social Psychology

(Part 2 pgs. 53-98)

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

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

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

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

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

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

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

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

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

Week 8. Recent Research and Disciplinary Trends

Notes over Currents of Thought in American Social Psychology

(Part 4 pgs. 237-264)

Discussion, Peer Review and Self Assessment

Core Analysis Paper Due

Comprehensive Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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Additional Information:

ASSIGNMENTS:


Application and Critical Analysis Projects


250 Points (25% = 5 x 50 points)


5 Mini Tests will be given online via eCollege.


Comprehensive Final Exam


200 Points


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


50 Points


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


100 Points


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?


Core Assessment:


200 Points


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.



       
  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.



       
  1. 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.



       
  1. 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.



       
  1. 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.



       
  1. 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?



       
  1. Generalize your new understanding of these events to the larger social context: to other people, other times, other locations, or other social positions. Discuss how successful you feel this generalization to be. What are its benefits and drawbacks? Why? Do these ideas allow you to put your specific event into some more general context or to relate it to other outcomes? How?


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)

Double Spaced

12-14 Font


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?)

Bibliography

Appendix


Grading



   
       
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
       
   

           

Rating


           

           

Points Awarded


           

           

Description of Judging Criteria


           

           

Excellent


           

           

100%


           

           

                   
  • The section is correct in all aspects. 

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  • Covers all the criteria set forth in the introduction. 

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  • Has no glaring spelling or grammatical mistakes. 

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  • Detailed and clearly written.

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Good


           

           

80%


           

           

                   
  • The section is correct in all major aspects.  Small errors are present.

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  • Covers all the criteria set forth in the Introduction, though some detail may be lacking

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  • Has few glaring spelling or grammatical mistakes. 

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  • Fairly Detailed and clearly written.

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Fair


           

           

60%


           

           

                   
  • The section has no more than one significant error

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  • Covers most of the criteria set forth in paper.

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Unacceptable


           

           

0%


           

           

                   
  • The work questionable.

                    The paper is misleading or wrong.

                   Several criteria listed for section of the project report are omitted. 

                   Spelling or grammatical mistakes affect readability of the project report. 

                   Missing or inappropriate citations to other work.

                   Plagiarism.  Copying or rewriting the work of others without proper attribution.

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Introduction:

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


Analysis

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?


Conclusions

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

Bibliography:

Bibliography
Full List of all ideas and works cited or paraphrased in the text.

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