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SO 301 Social Psychology
Hovland, David


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

SO 301 Social Psychology

Semester

F2T 2012 DLB

Faculty

Hovland, David

Title

Senior Professor/Adunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. HARVARD UNIVERSITY (Psychology)
M.A. HARVARD UNIVERSITY (Psychology)
B.A. YALE UNIVERSITY (Culture & Behavior, an Interdisciplinary Major)

Office Location

The Forked Brook Farm Library

Office Hours

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Eastern time zone ... or by appointment

Daytime Phone

518-658-3699

E-Mail

david.hovland@park.edu

david.hovland2012@gmail.com

Semester Dates

October 22 - December 16, 2012

Class Days

ONLINE

Class Time

ONLINE

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
SO 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:
I believe in the value of "interactiveness" (as mentioned above in Educational Philosophy) and of the examples in the list, dialogues seem very desirable.  I can do 'disputatious learning.'  Now there are many excellent videos available - some are imbedded in the assigned materials, and often students suggest to each other videos they have found useful.  Examinations are necessary parts of Park ONLINE courses.  I am not fond of 'multiple choice' (although I scored 800/800 on some SAT tests when young.)  It is also the case that among multiple choice tests, those you will do (with random sampling from large 'pools' of items) are quite fair, efficient, and unbiased.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish between sociological and psychological social psychologies, and explain how those approaches may be effectively synthesized.
  2. Understand both laboratory and field methods as they are used in social psychology and explain the benefits and drawbacks of each, as well as the ethical challenges inherent in social psychological research.
  3. Trace the development of important theories in social psychology, including social cognition, group dynamics, role theory, exchange theory, symbolic interactionism, and constructionism, evaluate their contributions and limitations.
  4. Know and apply the findings of major studies in the field.
  5. Describe and apply the findings of social psychology regarding individuals, such as identity, socialization, attitudes, and human development.
  6. Describe and apply the findings of social psychology regarding interpersonal interaction, such as social cognition and perception, impression management, persuasion, compliance, obedience, affiliation, prosocial behaviors, attraction, and aggression.
  7. Describe and apply the findings of social psychology regarding groups, such as group structure and dynamics, leadership, decision-making, and the group life cycle.
  8. Describe and apply the findings of social psychology regarding inter-group relations, such as prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, aggression, conflict, and conflict resolution.
  9. Describe and apply the findings of social psychology regarding social collectivities, such as crowd behavior, disinhibition, depersonalization, task performance and social facilitation, and the interpersonal foundations of social institutions.
  10. Apply analytical and critical thinking, scientific approach, and ethics of social psychology to issues of mutliculturalism and diversity in order to prepare students for lifelong learning and serving a global community. And understand how these issues relate to personal experience.


Core Assessment:

Literature Review

The purpose of the literature review is for students toresearch a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question,and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literaturereview is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature reviewis a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized bycommon 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.

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Allinstructors must utilize this basic assignment as one of the assessments withinyour course. But, you are encouragedto personalize the assignment and adapt it to meet your teaching style and theneeds of your particular student population. For example, you may want toconsider the following adaptations:

  • Assigning research topics based on current events.
  • Adding a movie review in which students select a popular movie that deals with the issues discussed in the literature review.
  • Completing a data collection project to address the research question.
  • Adding a research proposal to examine how a social psychologist might research the target question.
  • Student presentations to the class to share the information learned in the literature review.
  • Creation of short web pages to highlight key findings of a particular topic or research question.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students do need to use American Psychological Association (APA) style - when it has been learned, it is the best method for dealing with large numbers of research citations.  (Students may want to but the APA style handbook (6th edition.)  The proctored Final Exam counts 100 points (of a course total of 500 points.)  In preparation for the Research Paper, which is called 'Term Paper' and 'Course Assessment', there are shorter (weekly) exercises in defining topics of interest and citing research (I sometimes use the term 'real research' meaning 'peer reviewed.')
The discussions are almost always interesting and useful; it is best to get statements of ideas posted by Thursdays, and then replies and interactions go well until Sunday 11:59 p.m. Park University time (Central Standard Time.)

Grading:
There is a Proctored Final Exam which counts     100             points
There are seven (7) Quizzes, each counting             10 OR 20 points
There are eight (8) Discussions, each counting       15             points
The Research Paper                                                 80             points
There's a chance for Extra Credit (not required)     10             points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work may be subject to a (relatively small) penalty - but try to get work in on time!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
"No biting, no fighting ..." but these behaviors don't occur much ONLINE.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
I have mentioned that we should all try to submit something to each Discussion by Thursday (11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time) so we can reply to fellow students, usually commenting on their ideas in ways that are useful in learning concepts and examples.

The interests that students mention as possible topics for Research Papers are not 'set in stone' - changes of topic are possible, but keep me (the teacher) posted.

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 95-96

Each student should be able to say "I have neither given nor received aid on the research paper or on the Final Exam."

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 95
PLAGIARISM IS VERY SERIOUS IN "ACADEMIA" ...
NEVER DO IT!

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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Almost all attendance reports are now submitted by "The Computer" itself. Two consecutive weekly ABSENCES are brought to the attention of administrators - try to do something each week to avoid this situation.

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 less 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. 

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