Social Psychology

Fall 2016

 

 

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: Monday and Wednesday:  1:00-11:00 || 1:15-2:15 || 4:00-5:00  Other times are available by appointment.

 

The textbook for this course is available on Reserve at the Circulation Desk at the John C. Pace Library for a 2-hour loan period (the book must stay in the Library). Please feel free to take advantage of this resource, but keep in mind that copies of textbooks for each course are limited and may be in use by another student, particularly right before an assignment or reading is due, so plan your textbook use accordingly.  Course Reserves are accessible through a link on the library’s home page.

 



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

 

8/22

 

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Introduction/Overview

 

 

 

8/24

 

8

 

Conformity

 

Conformity Slides

 

 

8/29

 

8

 

Obedience

 

Obedience Slides

 

 

8/31

 

8

 

Prison Simulation

Prison Simulation Slides
Prison Simulation Web Site

 

Optional video:

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

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

 

 

 

9/5

 

 

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No Class

 

 

9/7

 

8

 

Compliance

 

Compliance Slides

 

Optional video:

Cialdini 6 Universal Influence Principles

Click here (Time 11:50)

 

 

9/12

 

11

 

Prosocial Behavior

Prosocial Slides

Optional video:

Helping Behavior (Kitty Genovese and early research by Latane and Darley). Click here (Time 6:43)

 

9/14

 

11

 

Prosocial Behavior

 

 

 

 

9/19

 

9

 

Group Processes

 

 

 

Group Slides

 

 

9/21

 

9

 

Group Processes

 

Study Guide -- Test # 1

 

 

 

9/26

 

Chapters 8, 9, 11 & lecture material

 

Test 1

 

 

 

9/28

 

13

 

Prejudice

 

Prejudice Slides

Jigsaw Classroom Web Site

 

10/3

 

13

 

Prejudice

 

 

 

 

 

10/5

 

 

12

 

 

Aggression

 

 

Aggression Slides

 

 

 

10/10

 

12

 

Aggression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/12

 

 

6

 

 

 

The Need to Justify Our Actions

 

 

 

 

Justification Slides

 

 

 

10/17

 

6

 

The Need to Justify Our Actions

 

 

 

 

 

10/19

 

7

 

Attitudes and Attitude Change

 

Attitude Slides

 

 

 

10/24

 

7

 

Attitudes and Attitude Change

 

Study Guide --- Test # 2

 

 

 

10/26

 

Chapters 6, 7, 12, 13 & lecture material

 

Test # 2

 

 

 

10/31

 

 

3

 

 

Social Cognition

 

 

Social Cognition Slides

 

 

 

11/2

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Cognition
 

 

 

11/7

 

4

 

Social Perception

 

 

 

 

11/9

 

 

4

 

 

Social Perception

 

 

 

 

11/14

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

Interpersonal Attraction Slides

 

 

11/16

 

10

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

 

 

 

 

11/21

 

 

10

 

 

Interpersonal Attraction

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/23

 

 

No Class

 

 

 

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11/28

 

Social Psychology in Action - 3

 

Social Psychology & The Law

 

Social & Legal Slides

 

 

 

11/30

 

Social Psychology in Action - 3

 

Social Psychology & The Law

 

 

Study Guide --- Test # 3

 

 

 

12/5

2:00 pm

 

 

 

Chapters 3, 4, 10,

Social Psychology in Action-3, and lecture material

 

Test # 3

 

 

_____

 


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

 

 

~ Extra Credit Opportunity ~

 

Psychology Research Pool (PRP) Participation

Deadlines: Research Articles - November 18, 2016

                 Research Studies -  November 23, 2016

 

This course is included in the Psychology Research Pool (PRP) at UWF, meaning you may also earn ArgoPoints for this class by completing research activities. ArgoPoints are research participation credits that will be translated into course credit at the end of the semester. These activities are designed to enhance your understanding of current psychological research. Sign up for an account for the PRP system at https://uwfprp.sona-systems.com/.

 

There are 2 options for earning ArgoPoints through the PRP:

 

Option 1:  Participating in research studies. You can earn ArgoPoints by being a participant in a research study through the PRP. You can find a list of current studies on the PRP webpage at https://uwfprp.sona-systems.com/. Studies may be in a laboratory setting on campus or may be research completed online. You will earn 1 ArgoPoint for every half hour of participation, and 1 additional point for participating in laboratory studies or for completing multi-session studies. For each ArgoPoint you earn, you will receive 1 point of research credit in this course.  You can earn a maximum of 4 ArgoPoints for this course from the PRP.  Any extra points that you earn will be added to your final average across three tests. 

 

Option 2:  Reading Psychological Research. If you do not want to participate in a study or you cannot participate in a study (e.g., no time slots fit your schedule, you do not fit the participant criteria, etc.), you can also earn ArgoPoints by reading and summarizing an empirical journal article. Each study will have ONE paper associated with the study. You can read that study instead of participating in the study. If you participate in the study, you cannot also do the paper associated with THAT study. You can find a list of approved articles as well as instructions on how to complete and submit article summaries by emailing the PRP Coordinator. All articles must be turned in to the PRP Coordinator, spbsprp@uwf.edu, (NOT your professor) by 5 pm on the day of the deadline as listed below.

 

You may choose to earn ArgoPoints by completing only Option 1, only Option 2, or any combination of both Options 1 and 2. You can track your ArgoPoints online at https://uwfprp.sona-systems.com/.  All PRP related questions should be sent to the PRP Coordinator at spbsprp@uwf.edu.

 

The deadline for the participation is as follows:

Alternative Assignment: November 18th at 5 PM

Study Participation: November 23rd at 5 PM

 

Additional rules of the PRP:

    • You cannot use the credits for more than one course.
    • Sometimes a study will offer a choice of monetary incentive. You cannot choose both.
    • If your article summary shows signs of plagiarism (e.g., language comes directly from the article, or the summary has also been submitted by another student, etc.), the incident will be reported to Student Affairs.

 

 

 

 

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