Village Program

Social Psychology

Fall 2017

 

 

From: socialpsychologystudy.com

 

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

Office: Building 41, Room 220, Phone: 474-2944;

e-mail:  svodanov@uwf.edu

Required text: Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. (2015). Social Psychology. (9th ed.).  Pearson.  ISBN-13: 978-0133936544 ISBN-10: 0133936546

 

Office Hours:  By appointment


Helpful Social Psychology-Related Web Sites:

Social Psychology Network

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for Experimental Social Psychology

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

 


Student Learning Objectives ---

 

Students will be able to:

1) Describe the historical and current trends in the field of social psychology, as well as its major contributors.

2)  Explain how social influence affects how we see, think, feel, and know.

3)  State, and provide examples, how situational influences can have a powerful effect on the way we behave.


4) Summarize the empirical findings of research in the field and how these can be used to solve applied problems (e.g., prejudice, discrimination, obedience, conformity)

5) Discuss the implications of social psychological research findings for individuals and society (e.g., prison reform, teamwork, interpersonal relationships, helping others).

6)  Explain the theories related to understanding various types of social behavior (e.g., cognitive dissonance, social comparison, aggression, social cognition, self-perception, stereotypes)


7) Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and ethical concerns of the various research designs employed in the field.

8) Discuss the generalizability of the research findings across time and cultures.

 

 

 

Approximate Timeline

[Revisions and additions to slides may be made during the semester]

 

 

Date

 

Chapter(s)

 

Topic

 

Slides

 

9/4

 

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8

 

Introduction/Overview

 

Conformity

Conformity Slides

 

Videoon Asch conformity study (Time 5:22)

 

 

9/5

 

8

 

Obedience

 

Obedience Slides

Videoon Milgram experiment (Time 44:41)

Trailerfor movie Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story (2015)

 

 

9/6

 

8

 

Prison Simulation

Prison Simulation Slides
Prison Simulation Web Site

 

Video: Zimbardo's Prison Simulation Study. Click here (Time 29:00)

[Note: Some may find the content of this video to be disturbing]

 

Trailerfor The Standford Prison Experiment (2015)

 

 

9/7

 

8

 

Compliance

 

Compliance Slides

 

Video:

Cialdini 6 Universal Influence Principles

Click here (Time 11:50)

 

 

9/8

 

11

 

Prosocial Behavior

 

Prosocial Slides

Video:

Helping Behavior (Kitty Genovese and early research by Latane and Darley).

Video: Click here (Time 6:43)

 

 

9/11

 

 

9

 

 

Group Processes

 

 

 

 

Group Slides

Study Guide -- Test # 1

 

 

 

 

 

9/12

 

Chapters 8, 9, 11 & lecture material

 

Test 1

 

 

9/13

 

13

 

Prejudice

 

 

Prejudice Slides

Jigsaw Classroom Web Site

 

9/14

 

 13

 

Prejudice

 

Classroom/Field Exercise

 

 

9/15

 

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No Class (Travel day)

 

 

 

9/18

 

 

12

 

 

Aggression

 

 

Aggression Slides

 

 

 

 

9/19

 

 

6

 

 

 

The Need to Justify Our Actions

 

 

 

 

Justification Slides

 

 

 

 

9/20

 

 

7

 

Attitudes and Attitude Change

 

Attitude Slides

Study Guide --- Test # 2

 

 

 

9/21

 

Chapters 6, 7, 12, 13 & lecture material

 

Test # 2

 

 

9/22

 

 

3

 

 

Social Cognition

 

 

Social Cognition Slides

 

 

 

9/25

 

4

 

Social Perception

 

 

 

9/26

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

Interpersonal Attraction Slides

 

 

9/27

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

Classroom/Field Exercise

 

 

9/28

 

Social Psychology in Action - 3

 

Social Psychology & The Law

 

 

9/29

 

 

 

Chapters 3, 4, 10,

Social Psychology in Action-3, and lecture material

 

Test # 3

 

 

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Note: Information beyond that which is included in your text will be covered during class lectures. You will
be responsible for this material since it will be included on the tests. If you miss a class session, it is advisable to
contact other students to learn about the nature of the material that you missed.

It is your responsibility to arrive to class on time in order to avoid disruption to the lecture and other students. If
you do arrive late for some reason, please enter the classroom quietly and take the nearest seat that is available
to you. Also, please turn any cell phones off (or on "vibrate") while the class is in session.

It is in your best interest to not miss any of the exams. Make-up examinations are rarely granted and will only be

given with approval of the instructor. If you cannot take an exam on the scheduled date, you need to submit

a written notice (e-mail is fine), with any supporting justification (e.g., a doctor's note), before the exam date,

if possible. Your statement, and possibly a meeting with the me, will be used to decide whether a

make-up test is allowable.


Useful Links:

 

Student Disability Resources:  Click here

Grade Appeals Process:  Click here

 

 

Grading Scale (based on the average score across 3 tests)
A
90 & above
B+
87-89
B
83-86
B-
80-82
C+
77-79
C
73-76
C-
70-72
D+
67-69
D
60-66
F
59 and below