The only prerequisite to this course is Psychology 111: Introduction to Psychology.
By completing this course, students will:
The text for this course is Social Psychology, 9th or 10th edition, by David Myers, published by McGraw-Hill.
You can also go to the McGrawHill Social Psychology Web Site to use online resources there.
The course consists of 14 lessons that follow closely the outline of the Myers text. Each lesson provides you with background and supplementary materials and activities to assist you in mastering the material covered in each chapter in the text.
Each textbook chapter includes review questions for you to assess your learning of the material. I suggest you respond to each of these questions because they will prepare you for the short answer questions on exams one and two. In addition, they will also encourage you to consider important distinctions that should be made among terms and ideas that will be important for you to successfully complete the multiple choice portions of the three exams. In addition to these open-ended review questions, you should also complete the Self Check exercises in the course. These exercises will prepare you for the multiple choice portions of the three exams.
To help you to recognize in your own lives the phenomena we will be studying in this class, you will be required to keep a social psychology journal. Your social psychology journal will consist of an entry for each lesson in the course (14 total entries). Each entry should consist of a one-page typed summary of an experience you have had that is descriptive of some aspect of each lesson. Each entry should adhere to the following format:
For example, an entry describing an incident you experienced corresponding to the material for Lesson 2, “Concepts of the Self,” might address the issue of the self-serving bias. You would include in your introduction a definition of the phenomenon. In the body of your entry, you might include a description of a discussion you had with your spouse, or possibly a sibling, about how much more housework you do than they. In your conclusion, you would explain to me why this incident is an example of the self-serving bias.
You are free to choose the subject matter for each journal entry for each lesson, with the exception of lesson 5, “Influences of Nature and Nurture.” For this lesson, you will be required to violate a social norm and then to address your experience in your journal. By “social norm,” I mean some rule of expected behavior in our society. Please use good judgment. Do not do something that violates legal or moral norms. Your “violation” should be on a fairly small scale; just enough that it makes you uncomfortable to commit the violation. Good norms to violate might involve norms of personal space. For example, you might find someone at the library or a fast-food restaurant sitting alone at a table. Rather than sitting across from them or fairly far away from them, you might sit directly next to them. In your journal entry, you should describe the norm you violated, how you violated it, how others reacted to your violation, and how it felt to violate the norm. (More on this assignment will be found in lesson 4.)
Finally, have fun with your journal. This assignment is designed to help you realize how your social world works. Find humor in the events you experience.
Your grade on your journal will be assigned on the following basis:
Each lesson will have a journal assignment you should complete as you work through the lessons; however, you won’t turn them in until after lesson 7 and after lesson 14. Please submit all journal entries as part of one portfolio document. To make sure that your journals can be opened and read, please save them as Word .DOC or .DOCX files.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PSYCH350_JaneSmith_Journal1.docx.
Exams will follow completion of Lessons 4, 8, and 14. Following completion of the material for Lessons 1 through 4, you may request the first exam. This exam covers the material from Lessons 1 through 4 and consists of five short answer questions and 50 multiple choice items. Following completion of Lessons 5 through 8, you may request the second exam. This exam covers the material from Lessons 5 through 8 and consists of four short answer questions and 60 multiple choice items. Following completion of the material from Lessons 9 through 14, you may request the final exam. This exam covers the material from Lessons 9 through 14 and consists of 100 multiple choice items.
All exams are closed book and notes and have no time limit. The average time to complete an exam is 90–120 minutes.
Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
|Midcourse Exam 1||25%|
|Journal Entries 1-7||10%|
|Midcourse Exam 2||25%|
|Journal Entries 8-14||10%|
Letter grades will be assigned according to these percentages:
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