**Tentative** Course Syllabus for PSYC 130 Introduction to Social Psychology Leslie A. Crimin, M.A.

Instructor Contact Information : Office : 310 E Dewey Hall Email : lcrimin@uvm.edu Phone : 656-4132 Office Hours : TBA Course Information : Course : Psyc 130 ;3 credits Semester : Summer 2009 Dates : June 15th-July 10th, 2009 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. Goals: 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 at bb.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 reading before 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 course. 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’s 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: Exam: Chapters Covered on the Exam: Date: Mid-term 1-6 June 26th Final 7-9 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 grade. 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’ 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: Attendance: 10% Reflection Papers (2): 10% Social Psychological Compilation: 25% Mid-term Exam: 25% Final Exam: 30% Final letter grades for the course will be assigned according to the following scale: 94-100 = A 74-76 = C 90-93 = A70-73 = C87-89 = B+ 67-69 = D+ 84-86 = B 64-66 = D 80-83 = B60-63 = D77-79 = C+ <60 = F Late Assignments: Late assignments will receive 10% deduction from the grade for every 24 hours that 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.

-4Make-up Exams: Make-up exams will only be scheduled for excused absences (see attendance policies). If you anticipate missing an exam for an excused reason, please notify me as soon as possible. All exams must be made up within one week of the original exam date. Grade Disputes: If a students disagree with a grade received on an assignment, challenges to the grade must be made in writing. Thus, a student who wants to challenge a grade must carefully explain his/her reasons(s) in detail on paper, and turn in the original assignment and his/her type-written justification within one week of the return of the assignment. Challenges to grades will not be accepted more than one week following the return of the assignment. Challenges will be considered carefully, and students will be provided with a written response for adjusting or not adjusting the grade. Course grades will not be changed after final grades for the semester are submitted except in cases of documented errors in recording grades or in computation of total course points. Electronics: Laptop computers are allowed for note-taking purposes in this course. Checking email or using computers for other purposes is not acceptable behavior and students will be asked to leave for that class period if this behavior is identified by the instructor. Turn off your cell phones and pagers before coming into class. Continued interruption of class from cell phone or pagers ringing will result in you being asked to leave the class for that period. Text messaging on your cell phone is not allowed during class, you will be asked to leave if you engage in this behavior during the class period. Please see me if you have special circumstances that require you to leave your cell phone/pager on during class. Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty: This course will uphold the University of Vermont Code of Academic Integrity. Any violation (plagiarism, collusion, cheating or fabrication) in written work or on examination will be reported to the Center for Student Ethics and Standards (CSES) at UVM. You should review the Code carefully at www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadeintegrity.pdf Electronic Submissions/Internet Use: Assignments will not be accepted via email or other electronic submission. You must turn a hard copy of your assignments in to the instructor during class. Assignments turned in late can be submitted to Leslie Crimin’s mailbox in room 241 in John Dewey Hall on the UVM campus. Religious Holidays: According to UVM guidelines, students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, please contact UVM’s ACCESS Office (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration & Educational Support Services) by phone (656-7753) or email (access@uvm.edu). That office will guide you through the processes that are required for accommodations to be made.


Course Calendar Class Date June 15 June 17 June 19 June 22 June 24 June 26 June 29 July 1 July 3 July 6 July 8 Topic Course Introduction: What is social psychology? Historical Roots of the Discipline Research Methods in Social Psychology; The Social Self The Social Self cont.; Person Perception Perceiving Groups; Stereotyping, Prejudice, & Discrimination Attitudes and Behavior; Review Session Mid-term 1 Conformity Conformity, Obedience, Compliance Group Processes Helping and Hurting Others Aggression Attraction and Close Relationships; Review Session Final Exam Reading/Assignments Introduction/Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Reflection Paper #1 Due Chapter 6 Mid-term Exam Chapter 7 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Reflection Paper #2 Due Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 9 Social Psychological Compilations Due Final Exam

July 10

**Note that this tentative schedule does not include additional required readings**

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