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Lackawanna College

Scranton, Pennsylvania


PSY 250 BA: Social Psychology (3 credits)

Spring 2016




Class Schedule:  Wednesday                                                6:00PM – 9:00PM                     

Class Location:  Angeli Hall- Room 202                           


Instructor: Dr. Rachel Francis, Ph.D.                                Phone: (570) 504-1588


Office                  Healey Hall                                                E-Mail:

Location:             Office 114 


Office Hours: By appointment ONLY



Primary Text: Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D., Akert, R.M., & Sommers, S.R. (2013). Social Psychology (9th Ed.). NJ: Pearson.


Course Description:  PSY250 (formerly SSC250) - Social Psychology Study of individual thoughts, emotions, and behavior as affected by cultural and social stimuli. Emphasis on the analysis of human conduct in social settings. This course will introduce major approaches, debates, and theories of Social Psychology. Emphasis will be placed on relating course content to students’ life experiences. (3 Credits)



Course Objectives: As a result of participation in this course, the student will be able to:

  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 among various racial and ethnic groups in society today.
  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.



  1. Class attendance and participation is expected.
  2. Two short writing assignments
  3. Examinations: There will be three examinations and one final examination.







EVALUATION: Assessment methods that support measurement of course objectives


Assessment Method

Course Objectives








Discussion /Participation







Papers (2)















ATTENDANCE: 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 classes as well. Attendance is tracked, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following:

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental Classes DE 010, DE 020, DE 030










Remember, you are responsible for every discussion that occurs in class even if your absence is excused. If you are not in class, your class participation grade is also affected.


Cancellation of Classes: Cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced by 6am for day classes and 3pm for the evening college.  The cancellation will be announced on all major television and radio stations, such as WBRE 28, WYOU 22, and WNEP 16.  A compressed schedule will be used in the event of a delay.  Please refer to page 15 and 16 of your Student Handbook regarding this as well as the Compressed Schedule. IF FOR SOME REASON CLASS IS NOT CANCELLED AND YOU FEEL IT IS TOO HAZARDOUS TO ATTEND CLASS – PLEASE CONTACT ME! Do not put your life and safety before this 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




Class attendance and participation is strongly encouraged. It is important and will be taken into consideration when determining a final grade. Participation includes but is not limited to your understanding of the material read, sharing information obtained in readings, raising questions and issues pertinent to the subject matter, discussing individual opinions /attitudes relative to the subject matter, sharing current or past newspaper or magazine articles related to the discussion and readings, and occasional out of class assignments.


Attendance will be recorded on a sign in sheet at the beginning of every class. All classes will start as scheduled and tardiness may affect your entrance to class. Although circumstances can prevent students from arriving on time occasionally, tardiness will be noted on the sign in sheet. Absences, excessive lateness and unexcused absences will result in a grade reduction. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES include sleeping in, no ride, not feeling well, etc. An excused or unexcused absence is NOT an excuse for a late assignment. Without infringing upon your individual rights, you are also expected to:

  • arrive for class on time
  • remove all head gear (hats, earphones), turn off pagers and cellular telephones
  • remain in class for the entire class time

It is important and will be taken into consideration when determining a final grade. Class participation includes but is not limited to your understanding of the material read, sharing information obtained in readings, raising questions and issues pertinent to the subject matter, discussing individual opinions /attitudes relative to the subject matter, sharing with class current or past newspaper or magazine articles related to the discussion and readings, and occasional out of class assignments.


Examinations. There will be three (3) examinations and a final exam covering the assigned readings, any handouts provided by the instructor as well as any and all material covered in class. Exam dates are posted on the weekly outline. The student is responsible for all material covered including material discussed in during a student’s absence. The exams may consist of any combination of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, matching, completion and/or short essays. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in the final grade that will reflect “no credit” for this portion of your final grade.


Make up exams: The student must consult with the instructor prior to the exam in order to be excused from an exam.   Excused absences will be permitted only in matters of serious extraordinary circumstances.     Students unable to contact the instructor in advance and do not attend class on the exam date must submit as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the scheduled exam, via email, the reason for the absence if the student desires a make up exam. In cases of excused absences, an alternative examination or assignment to be determined by the instructor will be arranged. If this procedure is not followed as detailed, no credit will be given for the missed examination.




Examination Dates All exams will take place in the regularly scheduled classroom.

  • Exam # 1 – Week 4
  • Exam # 2 – Week 8
  • Final Exam – consult Lackawanna College’s Final Exam Schedule


Corrected examinations # 1 and # 2 will be returned the next scheduled class. It is your responsibility to make an appointment to meet with me to receive your corrected exams if you are not in class on the day they are returned. You are encouraged to meet with me at any time to review your corrected examination individually to address your overall progress in this course.



You will write two short (3-5 pages each) papers for the class, which will each be calculated as part of your final grade. Paper 1 will involve changing an aspect of yourself for a day and writing about your experiences; Paper 2 will involve applying theories/concepts to a film. More detailed requirements for these assignments will be given during the class.

The paper grade will be based on the following criteria:



Identify and address the impact of the sociological factors that have influenced your life. Provide clear and concise context for the impact these factors have had. Correct use of media article in paper.


Writing: paraphrasing, active voice, clear & specific writing, spelling, grammar. Is the paper at least 3-4 pages?


 Referencing in text and reference page: attribute the source of your information properly in your paper if you refer to any material other than yourself.  Be sure you make it very clear where your information is coming from.


 Format: font, margins, title page, reference pages, etc. all conform to directions. All papers are in Times New Roman, 12-point font.








Freedom and Responsibility:

You are encouraged to express your opinions openly and honestly in this class. Intelligent discourse is the cornerstone of learning. However, you must be aware that the freedom of self-expression carries with it the responsibility to treat others with courtesy and respect at all times. You are expected to make a commitment to excellence in your work, your participation, and your interpersonal relationships both in and out of class.


Attention/ Courtesy:

When you are speaking, you will have my undivided attention. I will never ridicule you or express disagreement with you in an impolite fashion. I will tell you when I do not know the answer to a question and will help you find the answer.   Just as I will not be inattentive or impolite to you, I will not tolerate inattention or incivility either to me or to other students. When I am speaking to you or the rest of the class, I expect to have your undivided attention. When another student is speaking, I expect you to give that student your undivided attention. If you disagree with something that is said in class, you will always be given the opportunity to express your disagreement politely. I expect that you will treat each other (and me) with respect consistent with the norm of academic freedom and the principle that all individuals should be treated with dignity.


Writing Assignments: All writing assignments must be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font and spell-checked; you will be expected to provide accurate documentation and proper citation of all quoted, paraphrased or inspired material. When in doubt, document!!!!


Grading/Evaluation: Throughout the course, each student should keep a record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are doing.  I DO NOT change any grades; you get exactly what you earn.  The only way I will change a grade is if I have made a mathematical error in computing your grade.   Final Grades will be computed as follows:



Course assignments and Requirements

Letter Description

Numeric Range

Quality Point Value

Min Points Needed



Exam #1 ……………………… 100 points

Exam # 2……………………….100 points

Exam #3………………………..100 points

Final Exam……………………. 100 points

Paper 1…………… …..…. ….....75 points

Paper 2…………………………..75 points

Class Participation……………....50 points

                                                     600 points










87 – 89




83 – 86




80 – 82




77 – 79




73 – 76




70 – 72




67 – 69




60 – 66







Below 359





DUE DATES AND PENALTIES: Please see schedule for assignment due dates

  • One day late – 25% deduction
  • Two days late – 50 % deduction
  • Three days late – 75% deduction
  • 4 or more days late – NO CREDIT GIVEN




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 examination


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 Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, 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 VII of 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment.


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College.


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:  


Portfolio and Coursework: Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, assessing 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.

Sexual Discrimination Policy: Lackawanna College indorses and enforces Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 that prohibits sexual discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds.

Harassment Policy: Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination in the form of harassment.  In keeping with this policy, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any type of harassment related to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference, or physical or mental disability.

Rubric for Class Participation


(15 pts)

Very Good          

(13-14 pts)


(11-12 pts)


(<10 pts)


Attends all class sessions.



Always well prepared for class

Takes notes

Brings textbook


Evident that individual has completed all reading assignments prior to class



Exhibits positive, supportive attitude toward course and class members

Arrives on time


Remains in class

Takes notes



Consistently contributes to class discussion



Consistently contributes to in-class activities


Participation is as good as one receiving a distinguished rating, but one or two elements are not quite a distinguished level.


Arrives late


Preoccupied in class ( cell phone, IPOD, etc)



Intermittent contribution to class discussions or in-class activities



Participation is generally similar to one receiving a unsatisfactory rating, but there are one or two elements which are relatively well done.


Arrives late


Leaves early


Does not take notes


Does not bring book


Rarely contributes to class discussions or in-class activities



Preoccupied in class       ( cell phone, IPOD, etc)



Does not attend class on consistent basis.



Never prepared for class. Evident that individual has not completed reading assignments prior to class



Exhibits negative attitudes toward course and class: members

sleeping, daydreaming





Does not contribute to class discussions or in-class activities


Preoccupied in class         ( cell phone, IPOD, etc)







Tentative Course Schedule



Read Prior to Class

Related Assignment


Syllabus; Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction to Social Psychology


Read Syllabus/Read Chapter 1

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Methodology; Social Cognition

Chapter 2: Methodology

Chapter 3: Social Cognition


Read Chapter 2 & 3

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Social Perception


Chapter 4: Social Perception

Read Chapter 4

PowerPoint online lecture

Portal Activity




The Self




Chapter 5: The Self



Read Chapter 5

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion




Chapter 6: Need to Justify Our Actions


Read Chapter 6

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Attitudes & Persuasion

Chapter 7: Attitudes & Attitude Change


Paper 1 Due

Read Chapter 7

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion







Chapter 8: Conformity


Read Chapter 8

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion




Group Processes

Chapter 9: Group Processes



Read Chapter 9

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Attraction & Close Relationships

Chapter 10: Interpersonal Attraction


Read Chapter 10

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Prosocial Behavior

Chapter 11: Prosocial Behavior


Read Chapter 11

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion



Chapter 12: Aggression



Read Chapter 12

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Prejudice & Discrimination

Chapter 13: Prejudice


Read Chapter 13

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion



Psychology & Health

Sociology in Action 2


Paper 2 Due

Read Chapter SIA 2

PowerPoint discussion

Class discussion


Psychology & the Law

Sociology in Action 3

Read SIA 3

PowerPoint Discussion

Class Discussion



See Calendar for Exam Schedule




All exams are held in this room, 202, and will be multiple choice, matching, true and false, as well as some essays


Schedule for the semester:

Wednesday, January 27th: First day of class

Wednesday, February 10: No CLASS

EXAM #1: Wednesday, February 17th

PAPER 1 Due: Wednesday March 2

EXAM #2: Wednesday, March 23rd

Wednesday, March 9th: SPRING BREAK

EXAM#3: Wednesday, April 13th

PAPER 2 DUE: Wednesday April 27th

EXAM #4: See Final Exam Schedule


Final Comments:

Since my expectations for this course are fair and reasonable, I will not entertain any “extra credit” work. I do not “give grades” to anyone…………you “earn” what I submit!   However, the college periodically sponsors guest speakers. If the topic is course related, I will inform you of the day and time of the presentation, and provide extra points for attendance at that presentation.

Keep in mind, many a competition is lost in the final minutes of play. Start working on your grade from day one and don’t stop until you put your pen down at the end of the final exam.   Please consult your student handbook for any area not covered in my expectations as your individual faculty member.

All lectures are given via PowerPoint and these can be found on the portal. You need to read each chapter in your text in conjunction with the PowerPoints. Each chapter of PowerPoints are on the portal so there is no excuse for not reading and studying them.

Be advised that prior approval of the instructor is necessary for use of any electronic equipment (laptop computers, notebooks, audio recording, camera phones, etc) in class.   I will be happy to address any concerns you may have. Do not hesitate to contact me.   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice them. 

Do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your grade.  This is not fair to those who have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice them. Do not come to me before the final exam and ask what you need to pass the course. Do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your grade. This is not fair to those who have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you. If you want to learn about Introduction to Sociology, I am willing to help you learn. Make sure you have a text and keep up with the readings and the PowerPoints.


Have a great semester!