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SSC 250 OA Social Psychology

                                            

Instructor

Beth Ann Delaney, LCSW

Phone

570-328-0837

Office

Off Campus

E-mail

bethann.delaney@falcons.lackawanna.edu or bdelaney@epix.net

Office Hours

Call, email or text

 

 

 

Textbook: Social Psychology, Seventh Edition – John D. Delamater, Daniel J. Myers, Thompson Publishing Co.
In order to do well in this class, you must have a textbook.

 

Description:  Social Psychology is defined as the systematic study of the nature and causes of human social behavior.  This includes the activities of individuals in social settings, the social processes completed between two or more persons, and the relationships developed between an individual and the groups to which they belong.  This sub-category of psychology does not just focus on the nature of these behaviors, but on the causes of such behavior.  This course will seek to discover the preconditions that cause various social behaviors.  Causal relations among variables are important building blocks regarding social psychological theory.  This course will help you to begin to study social behavior in an organized and systematic way using some of the tools created by social psychologists, i.e. experimentation, observation and surveys.

Objectives:

1.  To understand the impact of social interaction, group membership, and social structure on the social behavior of individuals.

2.  To understand the intrapsychic processes of cognition, attribution, and learning that underlie social behavior.

3.  To understand intergroup conflict and social movements

4.  To understand the theoretical perspectives in social psychology

5.  To understand contemporary social psychology and some of the work that social psychologists have researched

6.  To understand how course content impacts student’s social engagements.

 

Requirements:

Weekly Posts - 2 posts per day on 4 separate days per week for a total of 8 posts; respond and interact with classmates and Instructor; late posts will not be accepted; extra credit is not permitted

Assignments - Complete all Assignments within required time frame; late submissions will receive penalties as outlined below; make up or extra credit is not permitted; Late submissions will not be accepted for Week 7.

 

 

 

Evaluation Is based on the following areas:                                                                                      Content of Posts, Minimum of 6 Sentences, Use of Citations & other Resources (Videos, Links, etc)                                                                                                                           Meeting Required # of Posts                                                                                                                             Attendance 4 days per week          Completion of All Assignments

 

 

Online Course Attendance Policy 

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well. 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes. 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course 

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion  

  

Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)

 

0

 

  • •You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum. 
  • •You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates. 
  • •Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links. 
  • •Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score. 
  • •Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course. 
  • •Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.  

Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy. 

 

Instructor Policies

Here are some Etiquette Rules for this On-line course that everyone needs to read and abide by:

  1. 1.Golden Rule:  Treat others as you would like to be treated and this applies to on-line conversations.
  2. 2.No “Flaming”:  Flaming is a form of verbal abuse when you intentionally attack or disrespect somebody for whatever reason.  Maybe you didn’t agree with something they said, but there’s a nice way to share a different point of view without name calling or attacking someone.
  3. 3.Respect Others’ Copyrights:  These things have copyrights and licenses.  Copying the works of someone else without permission or saying it is your own will not only ruin your online reputation, but could cost you a fine and a lawsuit.
  4. 4.DON’T TYPE IN ALL CAPS:  It makes someone think that you are shouting at them.
  5. 5.Don’t Spam:  This is an on-line course so let’s keep it educational.
  6. 6.Be Honest:  Faking website statistics, pretending to be someone else, or trying to cheat people online will not only hurt your reputation, but will cause you a lot of trouble.
  7. 7.Use Proper Grammar & Spelling:  Spelling isn’t always easy and typos and basic spelling mistakes will occur, but it can be distracting from your work and can be annoying.  Our classroom is not your cell phone.  Do not abbreviate!
  8. 8.Keep it PG-13:  It can come back to haunt you if your write something that is not appropriate and you can be penalized for swearing.
  9. 9.Research Your Facts and Cite Sources:  Before posting something, forwarding e-mails, make sure it is factual and cite sources where needed.
  10. 10.Remember Your Place:  A web-based classroom is still a classroom, and comments that would be inappropriate in a classroom are likely to be inappropriate in a web-based course as well.  Treat your professor and fellow students with respect.

 

 

Grading:

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100 

4.0

A-

90 – 95 

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86 

3.0

B-

80 – 82 

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72 

1.67

D+ 

67 – 69 

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

0 – 59 

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • oThe grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • ♣ 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • ♣ 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • ♣ 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
    • oThere will be no “extra credit.”
    • *Late submissions for Week 7 is not permitted

 

Academic Integrity

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

    • •Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
    • •Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
    • •Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
    • •Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
    • •Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
    • •Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
    • •Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
    • •Stealing examinations or assignments;
    • •Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
    • •Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
    • •Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
    • •Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

 

    • ♣ Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement:

 

    • ♣ Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and 

               the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 

               and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the 

               Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, 

Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or colaa@lackawanna.edu OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or lamagnad@lackawanna.edu

 

Portfolio and Coursework

 

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, 

accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

Course Schedule:

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

9/3/2014

 
Social Psychology, Sociology, Sociology Distinctions
Socialization
ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATES
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

1 & 2

READ CHAPTERS 1 & 2 
SUBMIT SYLLABUS QUIZ
SUBMIT SCAVENGER HUNT 
Discussion Format

9/8/201414

 The Self
Social Perception
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

1, 2 & 3

READ CHAPTERS 3 & 4
SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT
ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATESDiscussion Format

9/15/14

Language
Attitudes
 
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

1, 2 & 3

READ CHAPTERS 5 & 6 
RECORD JOURNAL DAILY - SUBMIT JOURNAL
ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - 8 POSTS 
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATES

Discussion/Essay/Video Clips

9/22/2014

Aggressive Behaviors
Social Influences
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

2 & 3

READ CHAPTERS 7 & 8
SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT 
Debate & ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - 8 POSTS 
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATES

Debate & Discussion Format

9/29/2014

 
Nature of Groups
Elements of Relationships
 
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

 

1, 2 & 3

READ CHAPTERS 9 & 10 
ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - 8 POSTS 
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATESDiscussion Format

10/6/2014

Intergroup Conflict
Group Productivity
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

2 & 3

READ CHAPTERS 11 & 12
SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT 
ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - 8 POSTS 
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATES

Discussion

10/13/2014

 
Gun Violence
Deviant Behavior
REVIEW MY PRIVATE REMARKS TO YOUR POSTS
USE CHAPTER CITATIONS, LINKS, ARTICLES, VIDEOS & GRAPHICS IN YOUR POSTS
HAVE FUN!! 

2 & 3

READ CHAPTER 14
RESPOND TO YOUR CLASSMATES
Discussion

10/21/2014

Wrap Up Posts

Complete & Submit Final Assignment by 5pm Tuesday 10/21/2014

2 & 4

Discussion & Wrap Up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT COMPLETE GRADING RUBRIC BELOW FOR EACH WEEK ACTIVITY

 

 

 

REQUIREMENT

DID I DO THIS?

YES OR NO

WHEN? WEEK#

POSSIBLE

POINTS

POINTS EARNED

 

9/3/14

 

 

 

 

 

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