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Course Syllabus for PSYC 130
Introduction to Social Psychology
Leslie A. Crimin, M.A.
Instructor Contact Information :
Course Information :
Office : 310 E Dewey Hall
Course : Psyc 130 ;3 credits
Email: l crimi n@uvm.edu
Semester : Summer 2009
Phone : 656-4132
Dates : June 15th-July 10th, 2009
Office Hours : TBA
Time : MWF 12 :30-4 :00pm
Location : 212 Dewey Hall
Course Overview
Course Description:

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
daily life.

The main goal of this course is to expose students to social psychological thought and provide insight into the
world through the eyes of a social psychologist.

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

developments in the discipline.
5. Identify examples of social psychology in daily life and explain their relevance.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed Introductory Psychology (Psyc 001 or equivalent coursework)
successfully to take this course.
Course Website: Course materials, announcements, and grades will be posted on the Blackboard website
associated with this course. To access this site, login atbb.uvm.edu. Please contact me immediately if you
trouble accessing this site.
Required Text Readings:
The required textbook for this course is:TBA.
Required assigned reading for each unit can be found on the course calendar. Students should complete the
required readingbefore attending class on the date listed on the calendar.
Additional Readings: Additional required readings will be posted on Blackboard for some of the units in this
Expectations: Due to the limited timeline of this summer course and the breadth of the material that we will be

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.

Student Evaluation
Attendance: Consistent attendance to class is an integral and necessary part of success in this course. Given

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).

Required Readings: For each class session relevant required reading has been assigned from the textbook for

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.

Examinations: The exam portion of this course will consist of one mid-term exam (worth 25%) and one final

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:

Chapters Covered on the Exam:
June 26th
July 10th
Social Psychological Compilation: Throughout the semester students will collect demonstrations of six social

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

Reflection Papers: During the summer session, students will be asked to submit two 3-4 page reflection

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.

Course Policies:
Attendance & Participation:

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.

All material presented in class and the textbook may be covered on the exam. If you have to miss class for
whatever reason, please contact a peer in the class for notes from the lecture. I will not provide lecture notes to
students for unexcused absences from class.

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.

Lecture Outlines: Outlines of lectures will be posted on Blackboard no later than 24 hours before each class
period. These notes will be in Microsoft PowerPoint form and will NOT include all information or discussions that
will occur in class.
Assignment Formats: All assignments should be typed, Times New Roman 12pt font, and double spaced.

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.

Grades: The grade for this course will be based on the following components, with each component being
weighted as indicated below:
Reflection Papers (2):
Social Psychological Compilation:
Mid-term Exam:
Final Exam:
Final letter grades for the course will be assigned according to the following scale:
94-100 = A
74-76 = C
90-93 = A-
70-73 = C-
87-89 = B+
67-69 = D+
84-86 = B
64-66 = D
80-83 = B-
60-63 = D-
77-79 = C+
<60 = F
Late Assignments: Late assignments will receive 10% deduction from the grade for every 24 hoursthat
they are late.Assignments more than 5 days late will not be accepted. Each assignment will be graded by the
instructor and returned to students within one week of their due date. Social Psychological Compilations will not
be accepted after the last day of class, no exceptions will be made.

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