Social psychology is the study of how people, as individuals and groups, think about, feel, relate to, and behave
in the real, imagined, or implied presence of others (Allport, 1954). Social psychologists study a broad array of
human behaviors and relationships including, but not limited to, the conditions under which people help friends
and strangers, relationships between social groups (e.g. prejudice and discrimination), thoughts about the self,
obedience to authority, conformity to group norms, and behavior in romantic relationships and friendships.
Throughout this course we will identify major theories and theorists in the discipline of social psychology, place
those contributions within a larger historical context, and strive to find connections between course content and
Students who successfully complete this course will master the following course goals:
1. Identify key concepts, theories, and theorists in social psychology.
2. Understand the role of situational and individual factors as determinants of behavior.
3. Understand research methodology used by social psychologist to answer empirical questions.
4. Identify landmark research studies in social psychology and understand their relation to current
covering during the semester, it is important that we make the most of each class meeting. During most
sessions we will be covering a different topic, making attendance crucial. Each session will consist of content
lecture as well as class discussion. We will strive to make course material relevant to academic psychology as
well as daily life. Given this goal, it is expected that students will come prepared to class having read required
readings and having thought carefully about how that session\u2019s topic and concepts may be relevant to their
course of study and life more generally.
the importance of this component, attendance will constitute 10% of the course grade. Each student will be
allowed to miss one unexcused class session without penalty. Additional absences must be excused; please
see course policy for information on excusable absences. It is your responsibility as a student to arrive at class
in a timely manner and consistent tardiness may result in attendance penalty (see course policies).
this course. When applicable, supplemental research articles have been assigned to allow us to tie concepts to
relevant current research in the field. I fully expect that students will read the assigned readings before arriving
to class. Given that we will be engaging in daily course discussion, students will find it helpful to generate
clarification and discussion questions from the readings as a way to prepare for class.
exam (worth 30% of the final grade). All exams will consist of multiple choice questions and short answer
essays covering lecture material, class discussion, and course readings. The mid-term exam will cover material
from the first half of the semester. The final exam will be include non-cumulative questions covering the second
half of the semester and cumulative questions emphasizing major themes that surface throughout the course.
Review sheets highlighting potential relevant material to be covered on the exams will be posted on Blackboard
before each exam. The last 30 minutes of the class before the mid-term and the final exam periods will be
dedicated to review for the exam. Students are expected to come to the review prepared with questions. I will
not reiterate entire topics or prepare review materials for this session.
Please see below for the units to be covered on each exam:
psychological phenomena from non-scholarly sources such as magazine articles, advertisements, blog posts,
and news stories. The phenomenon captured by these examples must come for six different chapters covered
throughout the semester. A list of acceptable phenomena will be posted on Blackboard. In addition to a hard
copy of each example, students will provide a 1-2 page summary with each example explaining the relevant
social psychological phenomena, the example, and how the example demonstrates the psychological
phenomena. Examples should be compiled in a packet (stapled or put together in a binder) with a cover page
listing the social psychological phenomena and examples that are included in the compilation. Social
Psychological Compilations are due on July 8th. More information and an assignment rubric will presented
during the first week of class. The Social Psychological Compilation will constitute 25% of the final course
papers. The first reflection paper will be due on June 22 and the second on July 1. The goal of these papers is
to integrate course material by finding commonalities and relationship amongst the topics and apply them to
students\u2019 course of study, jobs outside of academia, and/or real life experiences. More information and a rubric
for the reflection papers will be provided on the first day of class. Each reflection paper will constitute %5 of the
final course grade.
I strongly encourage you to attend every class period and participate through appropriate questions and
discussion.Attendance to class is required and constitutes 10% of your course grade. Students will be
allowed to miss one class period, which will not count toward the class attendance grade. All other absences
must be excused by the course instructor. Excusable absences include: family emergencies (e.g. medical
emergency, death in the family), personal medical emergencies or sickness with documentation from medical
professional and religious holidays (notification for religious holidays must be given to the instructor at the start
of the semester). Students must provide written documentation to support all excused absences. Please see
the instructor for more information about excused absences.
Arrive to class on time. If you anticipate a late arrival or a need to leave class early, please inform the instructor before the class period. Consistent late arrival may result in loss of attendance at the discretion of the course instructor.
Participation in class discussion is a crucial part of your experience in this course. Although you will not be
graded for participation, there will be many opportunities to contribute to the discussion and itis highly
encouraged. Please raise your hand if you wish to speak during class. Be respectful of others in the room and
do not interrupt while others are speaking.
Please staple assignments before turning them in. A stapler can be found in room 241 Dewey Hall. When
referencing psychological theory or statements of fact, students should provide an academic reference for the
information. When referencing sources of information, students should follow APA Guidelines for in text citations
and include a reference page at the end of the assignment (not included in the page requirements for the
assignment). Resources for APA style can be found on the course Blackboard website under Course Materials.
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