Syllabus PSY 250 OM Fall 2018

Lackawanna College

PSY 250 OM: Social Psychology

Subterm 2-Fall 2018

3 Credits

 

Instructor: Ms. Marsha Pigga

Office 102 Angeli Hall

Office Hours: By appointment in Online Chat

E-mail: piggam@lackawanna.edu

Cell: 570-677-7589

                                                                                                                                                                  

Text: Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D., Akert R. M., Sommers, S.R., Social Psychology, 9th Edition. Wadsworth, Pearson Education, Inc.,2016.

Description: PSY250 (formerly SSC250) - Social Psychology is the study of individual thoughts, emotions, and behavior as affected by cultural and social stimuli. Emphasis is 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) Prerequisite: PSY105

 

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 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.

 

Requirements/Evaluation

Media Journal Assignment (40 points)

 

Social Psychology is everywhere once you start to look for it. I am hoping that you will begin to recognize associations between our weekly discussions and how these concepts can be applied in media messages and current events. For each week, identify a short example of media content (e.g. newspaper, magazine, radio, television, video clip, audio clip, or the internet) as it relates to one of our weekly course topics of discussion for that week. Consider the meaning of your example of media content as it relates to social psychology. How does the media content cover the topic, and what can it tell us about social psychology? What can be inferred from your example about the social and cultural conditions that produced the content and that gives meaning to the content? How does the media frame that that particular issue related to your topic? How is language and images used to influence how people think and feel about that issue related to your topic? Make the connection between your media source and our class. You should demonstrate that you understand and can apply ideas and themes from social psychology to current events and the media. Your journal entries should be critical and analytical not just opinions. This means they should make a point, back up the point with evidence from the media content you are analyzing or from the course material and have some connection to the discussions we’ve had online concerning that topic.

Your journal entry should be a minimum of 250 words in length, typed and double-spaced, MLA/APA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling and uploaded to the course portal page along with the citation of your media content. You will also need to complete and upload the evaluation rubrics for each media journal assignment. The Media Journal Assignment with rubric can be found under the Resources tab on the course portal page. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirement. You will complete 5 media journal entries in total, one journal entry for 5 different weeks of class. You select the 5 weeks you would like to submit journal entries.

Media Journal Assignment Rubric

8 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Clear demonstration of understanding of weekly course topics through media content selection.

 

3

 

 

Application of ideas and themes of social psychology to current events and/or media messaging answering all discussion questions posed in the assignment.

 

3

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

2

 

 

 

Milgram Experiment Case Study (10 points)

Milgram’s research on obedience to authority is the best known, most dramatic, and most controversial in the study of obedience and conformity. Inspired by the events of World War II Nazi Germany, Milgram constructed a laboratory setting that called upon ordinary people, in response to commands issued by a psychology experimenter, to inflict increasing amounts of pain against an innocent man.  Would anyone do it? If so, under what conditions? And what could be done to empower individuals to resist?

 

Watch the video Milgram Experiment at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdUu3u9Web4 and reflect on those who took part in the experiment, considering what it says about human nature and the way in which each of us can be overwhelmed by powerful situations. 

Answer the discussion questions below using a minimum of 2 references to support your opinions. Your reflection should be a 300-500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, MLA/APA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Upload your completed assignment with rubric on the course portal page. The Milgram Experiment Case Study assignment with rubric can be found under the Resource tab on our course portal page. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirements.

  1. What is your general reaction to Obedience to Authority?
  2. Do you think the subjects would have acted differently if they did not know it was an experiment? How so? If you were the subject, how would you have reacted?
  3. What do you think the justification was in the subjects’ minds for continuing the shock when the victim began to react negatively?
  4. Do you think people really are likely to act unethically because of a desire to please others in positions of authority? Why or why not?
  5. What do you think is the main takeaway from Milgram’s results?
  6. What is the nature of the results of Milgram’s experiments? Does he reveal a hidden monster in many of us, waiting for the opportunity to inflict harm on our fellow humans?
  7. Do you think the authoritative figures would have as much of an influence today? Or would the subjects’ sense of morality influence their decision more so?
  8. Did the results surprise you? What would you expect from the experiment?
  9. What is the motivation for studying obedience?
  10. What purpose does obedience serve in society?
  1. Do you think that one’s decision to conform to a particular norm of society is more a matter of personality, or more a matter of the particular social situation in which one finds oneself? Why? Do you think the same is true of a decision not to conform? Do you think the same is true of a decision to obey or not obey the instruction of a superior? Explain
  2. Why do you think the experiment is considered unethical?

 

Milgram Experiment Case Study Rubric

10 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Answer and upload answers to case analysis discussion questions.

 

          3

 

 

Self-reflection on your experiences and relationships to the topic of question. Perceptions and feelings expressed in a way that demonstrates your self-understanding and personal growth.

 

          3

 

 

Support your reflection with a minimum of 2 references from course material.

 

          3

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

          1

 

 

 

Use of Deception Debate (10 points)

 

There is much debate on whether the use of deception is justified in social psychological research. The textbook provides arguments about why deception may be necessary, and cites evidence against the idea that it may be harmful. You are assigned below into 2 teams, Team Pro-Use of Deception and Team Con-Use of Deception. The Team Pro-Use of Deception will argue the use of deception as justified in social psychological research and Team Con-Online will argue the opposite position. Students arguing the “pro-deception” side should review this textbook material as they prepare. Students arguing the “anti-deception” side should refer to Z. Rubin’s articles, “Taking deception for granted” (March, 1983, Psychology Today, pp. 74–75) to help them prepare. Include ethical implications in your argument.  Major points must be well supported with relevant facts, statistics and/or examples, citing at least 2 credible resources to support facts.

 

Another pair of articles that you could read to prepare is the Baumrind-Milgram debate over ethical issues in the Milgram obedience study: Baumrind, D. (1964). Some thoughts on ethics of research: After reading Milgram’s “Behavioral Study of Obedience,” American Psychologist, 19, 421– 423; and Milgram, S. (1964), “Issues in the study of obedience: A reply to Baumrind,” American Psychologist, 19, 848–852. (This pair of articles has been reprinted in Pines, A. M., & Maslach, C., Experiencing social psychology: Readings and projects (3rd ed.), pp. 11–18. New York: McGraw-Hill.) Another pair of articles exploring the pros and cons of deception can be found in B. Slife (Ed.), Taking sides: Controversial issues in psychology (9th ed.), Guilford, CT: Dushkin

 

Reply to the argument in the discussion forum under Week 5 DQ3. Your reply must be a minimum of 250 words.

 

Team Pro-Use of Deception: Brittany Biddson, Melinda Brown, Justin Cilvik, Carina Gonzalez, Kate Gotez, Amanda Griffiths, Erin Harris, Sheena Herb, Lauren Renner, Amber Robinson, Reshonah Thompson

Con-Use of Deception: Amanda Brittingham, Alysa Fischer, Tyrone Davis, Jennifer Garcia, Rose Helmbright, Katelyn Pierson, Nathan Kitchell, Joshua Rivera, Nicole Schmidt, Kelli Saik

You will also need to complete and upload the Use of Deception Debate Rubrics found under Resources. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirement.

Use of Deception Debate Rubric

10 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Clear demonstration of understanding of the topic in depth and information presented forcefully and convincingly.

 

3

 

 

Major points were well supported with relevant facts, statistics and/or examples, citing at least 2 credible resources to support facts.

 

3

 

 

Ethical implications included in your argument.

 

3

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

1

 

 

 

Social Psychology Community Learning Experience (20 points)

 

Social Psychology is everywhere once you start to look for it. The Social Psychology Community Learning Experience will help you to recognize associations between what we discuss in class and how these concepts can be applied in the real world. You will have a choice below of one of two options to complete for this assignment.

 

Option 1: Select an experience from your own life and analyze it in terms of theories and research discussed in this course. Briefly, an individualized activity is visualized in which you are to make an observation of some social phenomenon and discuss it from a social psychological point of view. The observation may be of some unique, one-time event (a personal experience; a specific campus happening) or some enduring, on-going phenomenon event.

You might discuss the possible social/ psychological reasons (antecedents) for the event. What led up to it? Why did or does it happen? What forces brought the event about? or the system? How can you make sense of or explain the experience? How does material covered in this course influence how you think about the experience? You might also discuss the possible implications of the event. What effect does it have on you? Please, first describe the scenario/experience you are analyzing and then discuss the concepts from class, the textbook, and relevant outside sources, as well as how the information from this class informs your perception of the experience.  

Any phenomenon can be selected, as long as you can discuss it socially and psychologically, giving evidence that you have applied it to course concepts. This is a social psychology assignment, so the course material you bring to bear is more important than the event/ phenomenon analyzed. Use the event as a source of illustrations of important social psychological materials covered in the course. The evaluation will key on the amount and pertinence of the social psychological material incorporated in the power point. This will be an occasion for you to demonstrate your broad, if not deep knowledge of the theories, concepts, and research findings of social psychology.

After attending the event/activity, you will devise a Power Point presentation sharing reflections,  insights, and learning experiences. You will need to theorize/ analyze the event/activity and link it to 2 areas of course content of the text book readings or materials discussed in the course. Your power point presentation must be minimum of 250 words in total.

Option 2: Testing a theory in the real-world: conduct your own social observation or psychological experiment and present your experience. You may choose to act out a phenomenon in public, or observe other people. In your presentation, cover the main components of your experiment. Be sure to discuss what was the phenomenon you chose and what was the purpose of conducting the experiment. Clearly explain your hypothesis and the details of your experiment, including where did you conduct your experiment, who were your participants, what was the procedure, what were the results, and how did people react? What can you conclude from your experiment? Importantly, make sure to connect your project to course topics covered in class and in textbook as well as relevant outside sources.

Any phenomenon can be selected, as long as you can discuss it socially and psychologically, giving evidence that you have applied it to course concepts. This is a social psychology assignment, so the course material you bring to bear is more important than the event/ phenomenon analyzed. Use the event as a source of illustrations of important social psychological materials covered in the course. The evaluation will key on the amount and pertinence of the social psychological material incorporated in the power point. This will be an occasion for you to demonstrate your broad, if not deep knowledge of the theories, concepts, and research findings of social psychology.

After testing the theory, you will devise a Power Point presentation sharing the main components of your experiment, findings, reflections, insights, and learning experiences. You will need to theorize/analyze  your process, observations and findings and link it to 2 areas of course content of the text book readings or materials discussed in the course. Your Power Point presentation must be minimum of 250 words in total.

You will also need to complete and upload your Power Point with the Social Psychology Community Learning Experience evaluation rubrics found under the Resource tab on our course portal page. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirements.

 

Post your Power Point in the Discussion forum under Week 6 DQ 3, Social Psychology Community Learning Experience. Comment on 1 fellow students’ presentation (no less than 150wordswho had a different Social Psychology Community Learning Experience than the one you presented in the discussion forum.

 

Social Psychology Community Learning Experience Presentation

 Rubric

20 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Social Psychology Community Learning Experience presented in Power Point presentation answering questions and requirements posed in the assignment. Must be minimum of 250 words in total.

 

5

 

Self-reflection on your experiences.  demonstrating your self-understanding, reflections and personal growth.

 

5

 

Discuss how this project and your experience relate to some of the ideas, concepts, theories, of the textbook readings, or material covered in the course. Link it to 2 areas of course content and cite sources.

 

5

 

Power Point posted in the Discussion forum. Comment on 1 fellow students’ presentation (no less than 150 words) who had a different Social Psychology Community Learning Experience than the one you presented in the discussion forum.

 

5

 

 

Evaluation:

Evaluation rubrics for each assignment will be completed for each student by the professor. Students will also be required to complete the designated evaluation rubrics for each assignment. Evaluation rubrics for each assignment can be found under Course Resources on the course page.

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 replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies 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 replies 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 course Resources.
  • 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.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy:

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

 

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

 

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

Total of 20 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)  Must be at least 250 words each reply

4

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies) Must be at least 150 words each reply

4

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies) Must be at least 150 words each reply

4

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies) Must be at least 150 words each reply

4

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

1

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

1

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

1

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

1

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

20

 

 


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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:

  •  Attendance in the online classroom and active participation is required.
  • Students are expected to complete assigned materials as designated and to participate in online discussions. Your contribution in online discussions is an important part of the learning process. 
  • Grades are non-negotiable.
  • Students are expected to exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors.

Grading:

Your grade for the course will be based on an average of the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade. The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College.

Media Journal Assignment

40%

40 points

Milgram Experiment Case Study

10%

10 points

Use of Deception Debate

10%

10 points

Social Psychology Community Learning Experience Presentation

20%

20 points

Online Discussions

20%

20 points

Total

100%

100 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:

  • All assignments are due by the due dates posted.
  • There will be no “extra credit.”

 

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, 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 student handbook for more information)

 

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Course Schedule:

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week #1

Introducing Social Psychology

Methodology: How Social Psychologists Do Research

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3

Media Journal Assignment

Week #2

Social Cognition: How We Think About the Social World

Social Perception: How We Come to Understand Other People

1, 2, 4, 5. 6

DQ1

DQ2

Media Journal Assignment

Week #3

The Self: Understanding Ourselves in a Social Context

The Need to Justify Our Actions: The Costs and Benefits of Dissonance Reduction

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

DQ1

DQ2

Media Journal Assignment

Week #4

Attitude and Attitude Change: Influencing Thoughts and Feelings

Conformity Influencing Behavior

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

DQ1

DQ2

Media Journal Assignment

 

Milligrams Experiment Case Study

Week #5

 

 

 

Group Processes: Influence in Social Groups

Interpersonal Attraction: From First Impressions to Close Relationships

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3 Use of Deception Debate

Media Journal Assignment

Week #6

Prosocial Behavior: Why Do People Help?

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

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

DQ1

DQ2

Media Journal Assignment

Week #7

 

Prejudice: Causes, Consequences, and Cues

Using Social Psychology to Achieve a Sustainable Happy Future

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3

Media Journal Assignment

Social Psychology Community Learning Experience Presentation


THE ABOVE OUTLINE AND PROCEDURES MAY BE MODIFIED IN THE EVENT OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.