205 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
5th Period, MWF, Room E-117 SMAC
McAndrew E-131 SMC, Ext. 7525 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychology, 12th Ed., by David G.
Myers & Jean M Twenge. ISBN: 978-0-07-786197-1
Department Writing Policy
Department Web Page
Association Test (IAT)
for Teaching Social Psychology
Psych 205 (Social
Psychology) is a lower level class that assumes that you have already
taken Psychology 100. This is a broad survey of the field of social
psychology, including such topics as attitude change, interpersonal
attraction, social cognition, and aggression. In this class you
will be studying a textbook and reading four scientific journal
articles. You will complete a series of four written assignments
based upon the journal articles. Your learning will be assessed
by the quality of your written work and by a series of four
examinations. Every course that you take is designed to
help you acquire knowledge and skills. This course will help you
achieve the following departmental learning goals:
1) Apply the scientific method to studying the mind, the brain, and
2) Understand the basic theoretical approaches and classic empirical
findings of psychology.
3) Effectively communicate with clear, grammatically-correct writing.
The written assignments address goals #2 & #3 above. The
textbook reading and lectures address goals #1 & #2; the exams are
designed to assess how well you have achieved the first two learning
to Social Psychology & its Research Methods (Chapter 1)
& Personality (Chapter 2)
Social Perception & Cognition
TEST #1 (Monday, April 10th)
Formation and Change (Chapters 4 & 7)
& Discrimination (Chapter 9 and
(Wednesday, April 26th)
Conformity & Obedience
Love, & Attraction (Chapter 11 & pp. 138-145)
Helping Behavior (Chapter 12)
(Friday, May 12th)
Group Behavior (Chapter 8)
TEST #4 (Wednesday, May 24th)
final grade will be based upon the percentage of total possible points
that you accumulate on the four tests and on four short written
assignments that you will be handing in. Test questions will
be based on both textbook and lecture
materials. No makeup tests will be given without prior permission and a
very good excuse.
Grades for the course will be assigned as follows:
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 88-89%
B = 83-87%
B- = 80-82%
C = 73-77%
C- = 70-72%
D+ = 68-69%
D = 63-67%
D- = 60-61%
F = Need I say more?
The written projects will acquaint you with
the way in which social psychologists conduct research and communicate
their results to each other. Journal articles are the primary way
in which psychologists share the results of their research with each
other, and as you progress into higher level psychology courses, you
will spend more time learning about research through these primary
sources. Scientific journal articles are difficult to read if you
have not encountered them before, and it is the goal of the written
assignments in this class to get you acquainted with this type of
reading and to give you practice with interpreting journal
articles. In each assignment, you will read about a social
psychology experiment in an article published in a professional
psychology journal. You will answer a series of short
questions about each article and summarize the “take-home message” from
the article in one clear sentence written in everyday language.
The articles that you read can be downloaded from the class web page,
and the instructions for writing each assignment will be given to you
in class. Each assignment will be worth TEN POINTS toward your
final grade in the course.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE QUALITY OF YOUR
WRITING WILL BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR GRADE ON THE WRITTEN
ASSIGNMENTS. THERE IS A STANDARD PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT WRITING
POLICY THAT IS APPLIED TO WRITING ASSIGNMENTS IN ALL COURSES IN THE
DEPARTMENT EXCEPT FOR PSYC 100. THE POLICY WILL BE HANDED OUT IN
CLASS, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE DOWNLOADED
FROM THIS WEB PAGE.
Due Dates for each of the Assignments will be as follows:
Assignment #1 - Electronic Person
Perception: What Do We Infer About
People from the Style of their e-mail Messages? by F. T. McAndrew
C. R. De Jonge Due Friday, April 7th.
Assignment #2 – The Minority
Spotlight Effect by J. R. Crosby, M. King, & K.
Savitsky. Due Monday, April 24th.
Assignment #3 - Fertile and Selectively
Flirty: Women’s Behavior Toward
Men Changes Across the Ovulatory Cycle. by S. M. Cantu, et
al. Due Monday, May 8th.
Assignment #4 - Guns,
Testosterone, and Aggression by J. L. Klinesmith,
T. Kasser, & F. T. McAndrew. Due on Monday, May 22nd.
IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
participating in research projects being conducted in our deprtment,
you can earn bonus points (extra credit). You are free to
particpate in as many studies as you like, and you will earn one point
for each half hour that you participate in. However, no one
than 6 points through research participation. If you
participate in an experiment and fail to show up, one point will be
DEDUCTED from your grade.
see the powerpoint slides that were
used in the lectures for this course, click on the picture of the