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PSY 319k • Social Psychology
MWF 1100-1200 SEA 2.108
PSY 319k: Introduction to Social Psychology Fall 2009
Instructor: Ewa Kacewicz email@example.com Office: SEA 3.426HA
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12-1 and by appointment
Course Info: Unique #: 44059 M W F 11:00am -12:00pm SEA 2.108
Required Text: Kenrick, D.T., Neuberg, S. L., & Cialdini, R.B. (2007). Social psychology, goals in interaction (4th Edition).
Cialdini, R.B. (2009). Influence. (5th edition).
A packet with both these books is available at the co-op. The ISBN is 9780205767533. This packet contains a cheaper paper version of the textbook as well as the Cialdini book.
Course Prerequisite: Psychology 301 with a grade of “C” or better. The psychology department will automatically drop all students who do not meet the prerequisite for this course.
Course Description and Objectives: Social Psychology is the scientific study of how other people influence an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This course will provide an introduction to the field and will cover many topics, including attitudes and persuasion, group interactions, romantic relationships, aggression, and helping behavior.
Over the course of the semester, you will:
1. gain an understanding of major theories and findings in social psychology and start to apply these to your life and the world around you;
2. learn how social psychologists do research and how to evaluate this research critically; and
3. gain an appreciation for the social psychological perspective. Social psychology, as the name implies, is all about the social world and the immediate situation, and how these affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As we go through the course and talk about research findings, pay special attention to the powerful influence that situations can have on us!
Most of class time will be devoted to lecture, but I expect you to keep up with the assigned readings and come prepared to contribute to class discussions and in-class activities. In the lectures, I will supplement the material in the textbook (rather than repeat the assigned reading). Periodically, we will watch films and do activities in class that relate to the material.
Class format: This is a lecture class, but there will be occasional film or multimedia presentations as well. I think that people learn best in a combination of lecture and discussion, so you are encouraged to ask questions about the lecture as it is being presented, and to respond to other student’s questions if you have something to say.
Attendance: You are responsible for all material covered in class as well as assigned readings. All the lectures will contain a large amount of supplemental information which is not covered in the assigned readings. In order for you to get a good grade, it is critical that you attend all classes. The material covered in lectures is essential to understand and integrate information on which you will be tested. If you miss a class, try to get lecture notes from a fellow student. However, attendance will not be taken, and your attendance will not affect your grade in any other way than its effect on your responsibility for the material covered in class.
Academic dishonesty: You are expected to work independently on all tests and class projects, unless specifically told otherwise. Scholastic dishonesty is an insult to your instructor and other students, and is treated very seriously by the University. The following websites contain more detailed information about University policies regarding academic dishonesty. Please familiarize yourself with them, and ask the instructor if you have any questions. Students caught cheating in this class will be treated very harshly.
Student Judicial Services: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/academicintegrity.html
Students with disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY, or go to the following website: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/ssd/
Number of Exams: There will be four in-class exams, equal in length. Each test will be 40 multiple choice questions and 2 short answer questions worth 5 points each, for a total of 50 points per exam. There will be no comprehensive final examination. The lowest test score will be dropped, and your final score will be out of 150 points.
Makeup Examinations: Because the lowest test score will be dropped, students may miss one exam without suffering any adverse effects. Because of this, makeup exams will not be given for any reason other than a University approved excuse with written documentation.
If you wish to go over an exam: You may do so by coming to the instructor’s office hours or making an appointment.
Grade: 150 points in total, (4 tests worth 50 points, with the lowest dropped).
A: >90%: >135
B: 80%: 134 - 120
C: 70%: 119 - 105
D: 60%: 104 - 90
F: <60: <89
Note: Grades are solely determined by three exams scores. No exceptions. Those who are taking the course on a pass-fail basis must get a D to pass the course.
Date Topic Textbook/Reading
PART ONE: THE SOCIAL WORLD
Aug 26 Course Overview
Aug 28 Intro and social various perspectives Ch 1
Aug 31 Intro and Research Methods
Sept 2 The Person Ch 2
Sept 4 The Situation
Sept 7 The Person and Situation
Sept 9 Social Cognition 1 Ch 3
Sept 11 Social Cognition 2
Sept 14 Social Cognition 3
Sept 16 The Self 1 Ch 4
The Self 2
Sept 18 Review Session Test 1 ---
Sept 21 Test 1 ---
Sept 23 PART TWO: SOCIAL INFLUENCE
Sept 25 Attitudes and persuasion
Oct 2 No Class
Oct 5 Social Pressure (Conformity, Compliance, Obedience) Ch 6
Oct 7 Influence Ch 1
Oct 9 Influence Ch 2
Oct 12 Influence Ch 3
Oct 14 Influence Ch 7 & 8
Oct 16 Discussion of Influence
Oct 19 Review Session Test 2
Oct 21 Test 2
PART THREE: DARK SIDES OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Oct 23 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination Ch 11
Oct 26 No Class
Oct 28 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Oct 30 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Nov 2 Intro to Aggression Ch 10
Nov 4 Violence & Aggression
Nov 6 Review Session Test 3 ---
Nov 9 Test 3 ---
PART 4: POSITIVE SIDES OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Nov 11 Intro to Affiliation and Friendship Ch 7
Nov 13 Intro to Affiliation and Friendship
Nov 16 Attraction & Close Relationships 1 Ch 8
Nov 18 Attraction & Close Relationships 2
Nov 20 Prosocial Behavior Ch 9
Nov 23 Group Processes Ch 12
Nov 25 Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 27 Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 30 Social dilemmas: cooperation versus conflict Ch 13
Dec 2 Review for test 4 ---
Dec 4 Last Day of Class!!! Test 4 ---