PS 498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology
F1B 2011 BL
Ph D, Anthropology, Rhodes UniversityMA, Anthropology , San Diego State UniversityBA, Anthropology, San Diego State University
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Must dial (1915) 988-2550
August 15, 2011 to October 9, 2011
6:00 - 7:30 PM
SO101 or PS101 and senior standing
There is no textbook for this course. There will be weekly reading assignments available each week that will take the place of a textbook.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional texts provided as necessary.
APA (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, American Psychological Association. (recommended) and
Most, if not all, materials will be made available through eCompanion
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My educational philosophy is that students are an integral part of the learning partnership between teacher, student, and the information they are to learn. Student grow to understand during active learning through classroom discussions, lectures, readings, assignments, group work, discussion of real life situations, and writing. Each student will be required to use sociological theoretical perspectives to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics about the social world around them. Each student will be required to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of society and how such social realities will impact them as they practice what they have learned in the real world. I will engage your learning in the course through interactions and feedback within each component.
Student are encourages to bring outside examples to class for discussion and questions as necessary.
Instructor’s Learning Outcomes:
The Instructors Learning Outcomes for this course are divided into two general areas:
1 Career Planning:
Based on the work you do in your Junior seminar, you will revise those documents for the Senior Capstone class. Reflect on the academic experiences and apply them to future aspirations be it in pursuit of a Master’s degree or employment within a chosen profession.
Revise and organizational search document which students will use to learn about the organization of program they have in mind.
Revise a Career Path Professional Timeline which reflects the students understanding of their future, be it in further academic pursuit or a career in his or her flied of social science study.
Revise a resume for employment with a Social Science Degree or a resume designed for admission to a Master’s degree program.
Revise a portfolio for graduate school at a university of their choosing or for an institute within their chosen career path.
2 Comprehensive Review of Sociological Themes and Perspectives
Identify and use sociological vocabulary to critically analyze sociological themes and perspectives through the oral and written word.
Critically examine how information learned in college applies to current issues in the social sciences and their impact on the future.
Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, as well as flexible environment.
Use skeptical inquiry to identify and consider the impact of biases in the social sciences.
Assignment 1: Document search of the professional or academic institution: Each student will conduct an internet or in person (if the organization is not on the internet) search of where they would like to work or go to graduate school after they graduate from Park. The student will find the following information and cut-and-paste it into a document, which they will then use to learn about the organization of program they have in mind. The document from Internet on the professional organization or graduate degree program will be about 10-15 pages.
Assignment 2: Career Path Professional Timeline:Each student will submit a Career Path Professional Timeline with stated goals (500-600 words) at the beginning of the term and will continue to revise the timeline as the student develops a better understanding of his or her development plans for 1 to 5 to 10 years in the future.
Assignment 3: Academic or Professional Resume: Each student will submit either an academic or a career orientated professional resume at the beginning of the term and will continue to revise the resume in SO498 as the student develops a better understanding of his or her professional or academic goals and needs.
Core Assessment: Academic or Professional Portfolio: Each student will develop either an academic or career path profession portfolio of themselves which will include their Timeline and resume, as well as a portfolio that will include any past professional activity and future professional goals with dates; educational experiences, certification, and licenses; and their reflects their most current aspirations. This could include graduate school, possible employment, or possible training programs. The final part of this paper will be a reflection section. Each student will utilize sociological themes, perspectives, and activities drawn from their core classes. They will then explain how the core competencies for their degree program have help prepare them for the next stage in either their chosen profession or their future academic endeavors.
This core assessmentpaper will be in APA style, 2,500 words (about ten pages) in length, and will utilize at least five academic references either from professional articles used in class to evaluate their social science competencies or from journal articles from the internet.
Each week a major sociological themes, perspectives, or research topic will be examined through weekly readings assigned by the instructor.
Students will reevaluate the following basic sociological topics:
· Basic Sociological terms and themes
· Research ethics, principles, and the basics of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
· Social deviance, Inequalities, and social problems
· Social institutions, social psychology, social groups, and minority groups
· Social Theories
· Questioning stability versus social change in system of social inequalities or addressing social problems
Based on the weekly sociological topics review, students while write a comprehensive final exam.
Grading: Grades will be determined by performance on the organizational search document, Career Path Professional Timeline, resume, core assessment (portfolio), a final comprehensive exam, and class participation. Points will be assigned as follows:
Total Points Possible = 100 + Extra Credit
1) Assignments and Core Assessment papers must be submitted through the ‘Dropbox” in Ecompanion.
2) An extra credit Discussion Thread will be available each week through eCompanion. It is highly recommended that you participate each and every week.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is not accepted unless you have prior arrangements with me. You should begin work on your assignments early enough to cope with those unforeseen circumstances that inevitably arise. I may make accommodations for extreme circumstances, but you must discuss these with me as early as possible (beforehand, if possible, or immediately after the fact, in unforeseen circumstances).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please, no cell phone usage in class unless you are on active military duty. Your contributions should be respectful and substantive. Disagreements should center on the ideas, and not individuals. Violations of basic classroom decorum will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.
NOTE: When it is academically advantageous to the topic, in-class discussion projects and short videos may be used to enhance the learning experience.
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .
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