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PS 301 Social Psychology
Cowley, Brian J.


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

PS 301 Social Psychology

Semester

SP 2011 HO

Faculty

Cowley, Brian J.

Title

Professor of Psychology/Chair of Psychology and Sociology

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. - Psychology - Utah State University - 1987
M.S. - Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - 1989
Ph.D. - Developmental and Child Psychology - University of Kansas - 1998

Office Location

MA225B

Office Hours

MWF 8:00-9:00 AM & 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Daytime Phone

816-584-6501

Other Phone

None

E-Mail

brian.cowley@park.edu

None

None

Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 through May 6, 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Marjus, H. R. (2011). Social Psychology (8th Ed). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on bringing the student to the table for critical thinking. A variety of teaching methods are employed according to the learning objectives and the available environmental setting. Students will be required to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics about the history of psychology.

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.


Requirements:



  • 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:
 

  • Unit Quizzes.  There will be bi-weekly quizzes administered in class. Each quiz will be made up of essay questions about the bi-weekly reading assignments. Each quiz will be worth up to 20 points.
  • Final. A Comprehensive Final will be administered covering the readings from the entire semester. The questions will be made up of essay questions. The final will be worth up to 200 points.
  • Bi-Weekly Modern Media and Social Psychology Discussion. Each student will be assigned to a group. Each group will identify a popular media report made within the last 3 months of any kind that relates to the main points found in the assigned readings. No group can use another group’s media report. As soon as a group has identified their media report, they will enter the title and location in the discussion thread titled “Modern Media and Social Psychology Article Designation” so that no other group will use it while the first group is writing their analysis. Each group will be assigned a discussion thread for use in writing their report. Each student will be graded on their participation in their group discussion thread for each written report. The group report will provide the content of the media report and where it is located, discuss how it relates to main points of the assigned readings, and identify any relationship between the media report and the main points of the assigned readings. This report will be posted at the end of each student Group’s discussion their Modern Media and Social Psychology Discussion Thread. The assigned readings will be those that have been covered since the last bi-weekly modern media and social psychology discussion presentation. Each group will summarize their findings to the class on the assigned day.

Requirements                                                               

Points Possible

Summarize Media Report

5

Provide Media Report Location

5

Identify Any Relationships Between the Media Report and the Main Points found in the Assigned Chapter

5

Classroom Presentation

10

Frequency of Responses in the Group Discussion Thread – 10 response = 10 points, 9 responses = 9 points, etc.

10

Quality of Responses in the Group Discussion Thread by Each Student (must show critical thinking)

10

Total

45

  • Bi-Weekly Modern Research and Social Psychology Discussion. Each student will be assigned to a group. Each group will identify a research report made within the last year of any kind that relates to the main points found in the assigned readings. No group can use another’s research report. As soon as the group has identified their research report they will enter the title and location in the discussion thread entitled as “Modern Research and Social Psychology Article Designation” so that no other group will use it while the group is writing their analysis. Each group will be assigned a discussion thread for use in writing their report. Each student will be graded on their participation in their group discussion thread for each written report.  Each group will write a report that summarizes the content of the research report and where it is located, discuss how it relates to main points of the assigned readings, and identify any relationships between the research report and the main points of the assigned chapters. This report will be posted at the end of each student Group’s discussion their Modern Research and Social Psychology Discussion Thread. The modern research and social psychology assignment covers the assigned chapters since the last presentation. Each student will summarize their findings to the class on the assigned day.

Requirements                                                               

Points Possible

Summarize Research Report

5

Provide Research Report Location

5

Identify Relationships Between the Research Report and the Main Points found in the Assigned Chapter

5

Classroom Presentation

10

Frequency of Responses in the Group Discussion Thread – 10 response = 10 points, 9 responses = 9 points, etc.

10

Quality of Responses in the Group Discussion Thread by Each Student (must show critical thinking)

10

Total

45

Grading:
 

Assignment

Points

Percentage

Grade

Unit Quizzes

160 Points

90-100%

A

Modern Media and Social Psychology

315 Points

80-89%

B

Modern Research and Social Psychology

315 Points

70-79%

C

Literature Review (Core Assessment)

300 Points

60-69%

D

Final

200 Points

0-59%

F

Total

1290 Points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any assignment turned in after the date it is due will be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

  • Attend class and be prompt. Roll will be checked during each class period. It is your responsibility to make up anything missed in class and that your scheduled assignments are submitted on time.
  • Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, service learning, lecture, and outside of class experiences. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Also, assigned readings will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
  • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a CD, a hard drive, or flash drive and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
  • The student is expected to have a copy of all written assignments on computer disk, flash drive, or in a hard copy form. You will also be expected to retain all graded and returned assignments and examinations.
  •  

E-Mail Procedures: General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

PS/SO301

Purpose of the e-mail

Full Name

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week

Topic

Reading Assignment

Assignments

Unit 1

1-10-11

Through

1-23-11

1-17-11 – Martin Luther King Holiday

What is Social Psychology?

Chapter 1

Quiz 1, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 2

1-24-11

Through

2-6-11

Doing Social Psychology Research

Chapter 2

Quiz 2, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 3

2-7-11

Through

2-20-11

The Social Self

Perceiving Persons

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Quiz 3, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 4

2-21-11

Through

3-6-11

2-21-11 President’s Day Holiday

Stereotypes, prejudice, and Discrimination

Attitudes

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Quiz 4, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 5

3-7-11

Through

3-20-11

3-5-11 Through 3-13-11 Spring Break

Conformity

Group Processes

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Quiz 5, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 6

3-21-11

Through

4-3-11

Attraction and Close Relationships

Helping Others

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Quiz 6, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Unit 7

4-4-11

Through

4-17-11

Aggression

Law

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Quiz 7, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology, Literature Review (core assessment)

Unit 8

4-18-11

Through

5-1-11

Business

Health

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Quiz 8, Modern Media and Social Psychology, Modern Research and Social Psychology

Final

May 4, 2011 – 1:00-3:00 PM

May 4, 2011 – 1:00-3:00 PM

May 4, 2011 – 1:00-3:00 PM

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
I take academic honesty seriously.  I will actively monitor student work to assure that it is indeed the student's work.  If I discover any academic dishonesty, at the very least the assignment in question will be given no credit.  If it appears that the academic dishonesty in question is part of a larger pattern of dishonesty, I will pursue more severe measures that include the possibility of expulsion from class and from the university.  I welcome any discussion or question about academic dishonesty.

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
When a student comes to me with questions about plagiarism before an assignment is turned in it will not be dishonest.  If I discover plagiarism and then the student asks questions about it, the student will still have engaged in plagiarism which is one form of academic dishonesty.  If this occurs, I will proceed as I would in any case of academic dishonesty.

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:
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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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.



 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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.



 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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.



 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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.



 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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.



 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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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Outcomes
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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