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PSY 250 Syllabus

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Standardized Syllabus

PSY250TA– Social Psychology

Monday 5:30PM – 8:30PM (3 Credits)

                                          

Instructor

Patrick McMunn

Phone

814-880-2485

Office

Towanda Center

E-mail

Patrick.mcmunn@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

Before or After Class

By Appointment

 

 

 

Text

Social Psychology, Edition 8

Author: Aronson

ISBN: 9780205796625

Copyright Year: 2013

Publisher: Pearson

 

Description

PSY 250 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

Students are required to complete assignments on time, attend class regularly, participate during in-class discussion, ask questions regularly, and complete exams on the date they are due.

 

Evaluation

  1. Four assignments worth 50 points
  2. Three exams worth 100 points
  3. Participation worth 200 points.

 

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

                       

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week

6

2 times a week 4

4

1 time a week 2

2

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030

3

 

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

In class discussions and participation is a huge component of your grade. You must participate with the rest of the class regularly. Asking questions during instruction is a great way to participate.

 

Assignments must be handed in on time and in person. Each assignment should be completed in MS Word using 12 font and double spaced. Minimum requirements must be met to receive credit.

 

Grading

  1. Final Paper and milestone assignments worth 100 and 50 points respectively each.
  2. Two exams worth 100 points
  3. Participation worth 200 points.

 

 

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

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The 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%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see the 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 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, piggam@lackawanna.edu

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, colaa@lackawanna.edu or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579, lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.  

 

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 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: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

 

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

Week 1

Topic: Introducing Social Psychology

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 1

 

CO1

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREReview the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 2

Topic: Methodology: How Social Psychologists Do Research

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 2

 

CO1, CO2

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HERE Participate in the Discussions ENTER ASSIGNMENT HERE

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 3

Topic: Social Cognition: How We Think about the Social World

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 3

 

CO1, CO3

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions ENTER ASSIGNMENT HERE

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 4

Topic: Social Perception: How We Come to Understand Other People

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 4

 

CO2, CO3

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions ENTER ASSIGNMENT HERE

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 5

Topic: Self-Knowledge: How We Come to Understand Ourselves

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 5

 

Prepare for class CO3

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 6

Topic: The Need to Justify Our Actions

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 6

 

CO1, CO2, CO3

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

•   Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Research Paper Topic Due

Week 7

Topic: Attitudes and Attitude Change: Influencing Thoughts and Feelings

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 7

 

CO3, CO4

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

 

MID TERM EXAM

Week 8

Topic: Conformity: Influencing Behavior

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 8

 

CO1, CO3, CO4

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 9

Topic: Group Processes: Influence in Social Groups

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 9

 

CO5

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 10

Topic: Interpersonal Attraction: From First Impressions to Close Relationships

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 10

 

CO4, CO5

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 11

Topic: Prosocial Behavior: Why Do People Help?

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 11

 

CO2, CO3, CO5

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 12

Topic: Aggression: Why Do We Hurt Other People? Can We Prevent It?

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 12

 

CO4, CO5

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 13

Topic: Prejudice: Causes and Cures

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 13

 

CO5, CO6

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Week 14

Topic: Social Psychology in Action: Psychology in Health, Environment, and Law

•   Readings:

◦                     Chapter 15 & 16

 

CO3, CO4, CO6

•   Read assigned chapters

•   ENTER ASSIGNMENT HEREParticipate in the Discussions

•   Review the Powerpoint Presentation

•   Complete Critical Thinking Assignment

Final Paper Due

Week 15

Final exam

Final exam

Final exam

 

 

 

 

 

Examinations

As scheduled.