PSYCHOLOGY 205 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Spring, 2016

6th Period, MWF, The Round Room, CFA

Instructor: Frank T. McAndrew E-131 SMC, Ext. 7525 e-mail: fmcandre@knox.edu.

Textbook: Social Psychology, 12th Ed., by David G. Myers & Jean M Twenge. ISBN: 978-0-07-786197-1

Psychology Department Writing Policy

Psychology Department Web Page

Implicit Association Test (IAT)

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Social Psychology Network

Resources for Teaching Social Psychology


GOALS OF THE COURSE:

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 behavior.

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 goals.

TOPICS & CHAPTERS

Introduction to Social Psychology & its Research Methods (Chapter 1)

The Self & Personality (Chapter 2)

Social Perception & Cognition (Chapter 3)


TEST #1 (Monday, April 11th)

Attitude Formation and Change (Chapters 4 & 7)

Prejudice & Discrimination (Chapter 9 and pages 425-447)

TEST #2 (Wednesday, April 27th)

Conformity & Obedience (Chapter 6)

Sex, Love, & Attraction (Chapter 11 & pp. 138-145)

Helping Behavior (Chapter 12)

TEST #3 (Friday, May 13th)

Group Behavior (Chapter 8)

Territoriality (pdf)

Aggression (Chapter 10)

TEST #4 (During Scheduled Final Exam Time)
Your 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. 

Letter Grades for the course will be assigned as follows:

A = 93-100%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 88-89%
B = 83-87%
B- = 80-82%
C+ = 78-79%
C = 73-77%
C- = 70-72%
D+ = 68-69%
D = 63-67%
D- = 60-61%
F = Need I say more?


The Written Projects:

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 8th.

Assignment #2 – The Minority Spotlight Effect  by J. R. Crosby, M. King, & K. Savitsky.  Due Monday, April 25th.

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 9th.

Assignment #4 - Guns, Testosterone, and Aggression by J. L. Klinesmith, T. Kasser, & F. T. McAndrew.  Due on Monday, May 23rd.

PARTICIPATION IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
By 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 will earn more than 6 points through research participation.  If you volunteer to participate in an experiment and fail to show up, one point will be DEDUCTED from your grade.


To see the powerpoint slides that were used in the lectures for this course, click on the picture of the overhead projector.