Social Psychology (SOP 3004)

Fall 2013

 

 

 

Extra Points

Go to the link below to learn how to participate in research projects and earn extra points:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YW4N_hwn5c

If you participate in a study (1 Argo point) and apply it to the Social Psychology class, you will get 2 extra credit points added to your FINAL average in the course.  

 


Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

Office: Building 41, Room 220, Phone: 474-2944; e-mail: stevevodanovich@uwf.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 - 11:00; 1:30-2:30.  Other times can be arranged

                             by appointment.

Required text: Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2012). Social Psychology. (8th ed.).  Pearson.



Helpful Social Psychology-Related Web Sites:

Social Psychology Network

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for Experimental Social Psychology

European Association of 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

 

Date

 

Chapter(s)

 

Topic

 

Slides

 

8/27

 

_____ 

 

 

Introduction/Overview

 

8/29

8

Conformity

 

9/3

 

8

 

Obedience

 

Obedience Slides

 

 

9/5

 

8

 

Prison Simulation

 

9/10

 

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Compliance

 

Compliance Slides

 

9/12

 

11

 

Prosocial Behavior

 

9/17

 

11

 

Prosocial Behavior

 

9/19

 

9

 

Group Processes

 

 

9/24

 

9

 

Group Processes

 

9/26

 

8, 9, 11

 

 

Test # 1

 

_____

 

10/1

 

13

 

Prejudice

10/3

 

13

 

Prejudice

 

10/8

 

12

 

Aggression

 

10/10

 

12

 

Aggression

 

10/15

 

6 (pages 137-150)

 

The Need to Justify Our Actions

 

10/17

 

7

 

Attitudes and Attitude Change

 

 

10/22

7

Attitudes and Attitude Change

 

 

Study Guide --- Test # 2

 

10/24

 

6 [pgs. 149-166], 7, 12, 13

 

 

 

Test # 2

 

 

 

_____

 

10/29

 

3

 

Social Cognition

 

10/31

 

3

 

Social Cognition

 

11/4

 

4

 

Social Perception

 

11/7

 

4

 

Social Perception

 

11/12

 

4

 

Social Perception

 

11/14

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

11/19

 

10

 

Guest Lecturer: Carol Tavris, PhD

Co-Author with Elliot Aronson of  Mistakes Were Made (But Not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts.

 

 

11/21

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

11/26

Social Psychology in Action - 3

Social Psychology & The Law

11/28

 

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No Class

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

12/3

Social Psychology in Action - 3

Social Psychology & The Law

Social & Legal slides

Study Guide --- Test # 3

 

12/5

 

Test # 3 Review Session

 

 

Exam Week (see exam schedule)

 

3, 4, 10, 16

 

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 and/or beepers 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.


 

Some Important Links: 

Student Disability Services

Student Grievence Process

University Evacuation Procedures

 

Grading Criteria: 3 tests worth 33.3% each

 

Grading Scale
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