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PS 301 Social Psychology
Benites, Daniela


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

PS 301 Social Psychology

Semester

S2A 2013 BE

Faculty

Benites, Daniela

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Posdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience (since 2011)
PhD in Psychology, areas Cognitive Phenomenology and Social Neuroscience (2010)
MS in Psychology, area Cognitive Psychology (2006), BS in Psychology (2004)

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

1 (561) 927-9005

E-Mail

daniela.benites@park.edu

danibenites@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Monday, March 18th to Sunday, May 12th

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2011). Social psychology (8th ed.) United States: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

ISBN-13: 978-0-495-81240-1

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Course Description:
PS301 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:

As a facilitator, I will provide informational background to promote collective discussions and individual curiosity. As an instructor, I will guide the development of scientific skills such as critical thought and writing. The classes will promote independent learning and acquisition of information, as these are the primary ground for present and future good practices.

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:

My goal is to provide students with prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help them critically analyze information and communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Students will be able to track their grade throughout the term.  Each student is responsible for:


Item / Assignment

Points

Participation in class 

100

Quizzes  100

Core Assessment (week 7) and its outline (week 4)

300

Presentation of Core Assessment

100

Mid-term

200

Final Exam

200

Total Points 

1000

Grading:

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A

90% - 100%

900 points and higher

B

80% - 89%

800 – 899 points

C

70% - 79%

700 – 799 points

D

60% - 69%

600 – 699 points

F

59% and lower

599 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is part of the class dynamics to complete and return assignments on time. Start early so possible technical problems (printer, Internet and computer problems etc.) and/or other interference will not prevent you from meeting the deadlines. Late materials will only be considered if provided together with valid documentation evidencing serious and/or unexpected events (medical emergencies, funerals, military deployment and alike).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that the group build fluid, flexible, and productive communication. For that, civil and professional conduct is required at all times, in all interactions. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week1
Class 1 - Tue 19 Mar - Ch 1 Syllabus review Introduction to Social Psychology
Class 2 - Thu 21 Mar - Ch 2 Doing Social Psychology Research & theme searching for Core Assessment outline
(computer lab)
Week 2
Class 3 - Tue 26 Mar - Ch 3 The Social Self 
Class 4 - Thu 28 Mar - Ch 4 Perceiving Persons
Week 3
Class 5 - Tue 02 Apr - Ch 5 Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
Class 6 - Thu 04 Apr - Ch 6  Attitudes
Week 4
Class 7 - Tue 09 Apr - Ch 7 Conformity & Core Assessment Outline due     
Class 8 - Thu 11 Apr - Ch 8 Group Processes, Review of ch 1-7 & Mid-Term (chapters 1-7)
Week 5
Class 9 - Tue 16 Apr - Ch 8 Group Processes
Class 10 - Thu 18 Apr - Ch 9 Attraction and Close Relationships & CA presentations
Week 6
Class 11 - Tue 23 Apr - Ch 9 Attraction and Close Relationships & CA presentations
Class 12 - Thu 25 Apr - Ch 10 Helping Others & CA presentations
Week 7
Class 13 - Tue 30 Apr - Ch 10 Helping Others & CA presentations
Class 14 - Thu 02 May - Ch 11 Aggression ; Core Assessment paper due
Week 8
Class 15 - Tue 07 May - Ch 12 & 13 Applying Social Psychology - Law and Business 
Class 16 - Thu 09 May - Ch 14 Applying Social Psychology - Health & Final (chapters 8 to 14)

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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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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