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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - PSY250

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  PSY 250

Social Psychology is the 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.  The course will emphasis relating course content to students' life experiences.

 

OBJECTIVES:

1.  To understand the impact of social interaction, group membership, and social structure on the social behaviors 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 of social psychology.

5.  To understand contemporary social psychology and some or research of social psychologists.

6.  To understand how course content impacts students' social behavior.

 

*** Note:  Policies in the original syllabus regarding attendance, classroom behavior, academic integrity and the disability statement will remain in effect.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

ASSIGNED TEXT---Students are expected to read and discuss the main ideas of textbook assignments throughout the semester.  Students will also read any handout materials distributed in class.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES---Students will complete assigned learning activities that relate to text materials.  These short written assignments will help the student put theory into practice.  Students will be prepared to discuss their thoughts during class.

MIDTERM PAPER---This short (3 page ) paper will summarize theoretical concepts and practical learning activities and will prepare the student to incorporate ideas for their final paper.

RESEARCH---Students will choose and research a social area of interest and submit articles on their area on assigned dates. 

FINAL PAPER---Students are expected to complete a 5 page paper on a social problem area that is of interest.  This paper will incorporate theoretical concepts of social psychology and their research articles.  It will include the student's impressions/reactions.

 

GRADING:

PARTICIPATION             20 POINTS  (2 points per class)

QUIZZES                       20 POINTS  (10 Points each)

LEARNING ACTIVITIES    20 POINTS  (2 points each)

MIDTERM PAPER             10 POINTS

RESEARCH                     20 POINTS

PRESENTATION               10 POINTS

EXTRA CREDIT PROJECTS CAN BE DISCUSSED WITH PROFESSOR ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS