Syllabus for PSY-379

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Social Psychology explores how humans think and behave in social situations. The course examines concepts such as perception, cognition, and attitudes as they relate to understanding, thinking, and evaluating the social world. The course also discusses the application of social psychology to legal and health environments and to the world of work. A primary objective of the course is to analyze interpersonal communication and examine current events in the social world.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:  

 

  1. Identify some of the major issues in social psychology.
  2. Discuss the role of social cognition and social perception in social functioning.
  3. Explain the dynamics of social influence and persuasion.
  4. Analyze theories about the self and self-esteem.
  5. Discuss experimental studies of prejudice and discrimination and their impact on identity.
  6. Evaluate the determinants of interpersonal attraction.
  7. Analyze the factors involved in the formation and maintenance of close relationships including friendships, romantic relationships, and marriage.
  8. Discuss laboratory experiments studying conformity, obedience, and aggression and their contributions to the field.
  9. Explain the dynamics of prosocial behavior.
  10. Discuss the nature, causes, and control of aggression.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the college's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-20558-5

COURSE STRUCTURE

Social Psychology is a six-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include study materials and activities.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and take two proctored online examinations: a midterm and a final. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

The five (5) graded online discussion forums in the course are built around associated readings in the textbooks. Be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the discussion forum question.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the written assignment questions.

Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. Before you begin to write, you may wish to outline your answers, listing the points you wish to make and the examples you will use to support your ideas. Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials), and cite text materials where appropriate. Creative thinking and your own wording are important aspects of an effective answer.

Examinations

You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm and a final. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures.

Please note that all exam questions will be comprehensive and thorough. Be sure you read all of the text assignments as well as the readings in preparation for the examinations.

Midterm Examination

The proctored online midterm exam covers all material assigned in modules 1, 2, and 3 and is two hours long. The exam is closed-book and consists of four (4) essay questions relating to the objectives of this course.

Final Examination

The proctored online final exam covers all material assigned in modules 4, 5, and 6 of the course and is two hours long. Like the midterm, the final exam is closed-book and consists of four (4) essay questions relating to objectives in this course.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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