PS301 Social Psychology

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PS 301 Social Psychology


S1V 2011 GO


Smith, N. Gary


N. Gary Smith, MS, LCDC Adjunct Professor of Psychology


Associate Howard College, San Angelo, Texas 1992
Bachlor of Arts, Angelo State University , 1997
Master of Science, Angelo State University, 2007

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Semester Dates

January 10th through March 6th 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours




Social Psychology 7th Edition, Saul Kassin/Steven Fein/Hazel Rose Markus, 2008 Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
ISBN-13:  978-0-618-86846-9
ISBN-10:  0-618-86846-1
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New Yrk, NY 10010

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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.

Students will come to understand how social psychology can offer a remarkably new and coherent vision of human nature and social behavior while giving essential insight to the power of situations.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, 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 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:


 10%    Attendance                                                            100 pts.
 15%    Participation                                                          150 pts.
 25%    Homework                                                            250 pts.
 26%    Quizzes (13 quizzes 20 questions a quiz)                260 pts.
 24%    LiteratureReview                                                   240 pts.    
100%  Total                                                                   1000 pts.                  


Grading Plan:

A         900-1000

B         800-890

C         700-790

D         600-690

F          Below 600


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make up test will be given on the last class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

          Every student is expected to attend every class and be punctual. Attendance will be recorded with a 6.25 point loss for each class missed for a total of possible 100 points off your final grade. Further, being late to class and leaving class early is an extreme annoyance to the entire class. Each occurrence of these will result in one-half absence. Please note that if you arrive late to class, it is your responsibility to see the instructor and have the absence removed from your record—otherwise, the absence stands as recorded.

            Makeup test will be given on the last class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

List Schedule

1.10        Introductions

1.12        Lectures on Chapter 1 and 2; Introduction to Social Psychology & Doing social Psychology Research

                Film on the Holocaust and the birth of Social Psychology

1.13        Tests on Chapters 1 and 2

                Lecture on Chapter 3: The Social Self

1.17        Tests on Chapter 3

                Lecture on Chapter 4: Perceiving Persons

1.19        Tests on Chapter 4

                Lecture on Chapter 5: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

1.24        Tests on Chapter 5

                Lecture on Chapter 6: Attitudes

                Power Point of the Fundamentalist of the Ladder Day Saints (FLDS) in Eldorado

1.26        Tests on Chapter 6

                Lecture on Chapter 7: Conformity

                Power Point on Gangs, Cults etc. and what they all have in common

1.31        Tests on Chapter 7

                Lecture on Chapter 8: Group Processes

                Introduce the Challenge Course concept and participant in some low elements

2.2          Tests on Chapter 8

                Lecture on Chapter 9: Attraction and Close Relationships

2.7          Tests on Chapter 9

                Lecture on Chapter 10: Helping Others

2.14        Tests on Chapter 10

                Lecture on Chapter 11: Aggression

2.16        Tests on Chapter 11

                Lecture on Chapter 12: Law

                Power Point of Juvenile Law and Procedures

2.21        Tests on Chapter 12

                Lecture on Chapter 13: Business

2.23        Tests on Chapter 13

                Lecture on Chapter 14: Health

2.28        Tests on Chapter 14

3.2          Turn in Literature Review, make up quizzes and closure

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 ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
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Additional Information:
 Home work will be topics presented  in class from the textbook.  As we go through the textbook each student will need to find one particular topic of interest and present added material related to the topic.  We will set up a schedule on the second class period.  Powerpoints, handouts are not required but can add to the presentation.


N. Gary Smith, MS, LCDC

I have lived in San Angelo, Texas most of my life.  I have been married for 32 years and have two grown daughters who are both married and are graduates of Angelo State University, and one is pursuing advanced degrees from Texas Christian University.  My wife has lived in San Angelo for her whole life and works at Angelo State University.  I graduated from our local high school and received an Associate Degree from Howard College, a Bachelors Degree from Angelo State University in Sociology, and a Masters Degree from Angelo State University in Psychology.  I am also a Licensed Chemically Dependency Counselor.

My first career, after high school, was construction work, which I did for 20 years.   I was not happy in my career and decided to go back to school and pursue work in the helping profession.  I was first a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for juveniles, which got me interested in working with high risk juveniles.   I later worked for the local Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in all areas of counseling and prevention with both adults and juveniles.  I have worked for the Tom Green County Juvenile Probation Department for the past 15 years as an officer, supervisor, and counselor.  One on my main duties is administering Clinical/Psychological Evaluations to our more troubled juveniles that are in our custody.


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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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.

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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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