Psychology 310 - Social PsychologySpring 2017InstructorArlen Moller <[email protected]>Office & PhoneLife Sciences – 256 D Meeting Days & LocationTues & Thurs from 1:50 PM to 3:05 PM in Perlstein Hall 131Office HoursThursdays: 3:30-4:30PM or by appointmentTeaching AssistantWren Yoder <[email protected] >Email is my preferred mode of communication. I will usually respond within 24 hours. Required Textbook Myers, D. G. & Twenge, J. M. (2016). Social psychology (12thed.). New York: McGraw Hill.Course Description and ObjectiveThis course is designed to give you a general exposure to social psychology. Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another (Myers, 2013). You will become familiar with and think critically about research findings and theories in social psychology. My goal is to help you acquire knowledge about and an appreciation (fascination?!) for the factors that guide our social interactions. Student Evaluation Your final grade will be made up ofFour exams 100 points each (x4)Film Analysis Paper50 pointsDay of Compassion Paper25 pointsParticipation 25 pointsTotal500 points1.Exams: Exams will consist of multiple-choice questions and short answer/essay questions. All questions will be drawn from the lecture material AND readings. There are no make-ups for the exams unless a student has a verifiable emergency, a job interview, or has to attend an athletic function. 1
2.Film Analysis Paper: This paper will focus on the analysis of a film (detailed instructions on Blackboard). Papers must be turned in at or before the start of class on the day they are due, in-person andthrough Blackboard. Emailing an electronic copy is not acceptable. Late papers will be penalized at a rate of 5% deducted per day late.3.Day of Compassion Paper: This paper will focus on an analysis of a day in which you strive to be compassionate to others detailed instructions on Blackboard). Papers must be turned in at or before the start of class on the day they are due, in-person andthrough Blackboard. Emailing an electronic copy is not acceptable. Late papers will be penalized at a rate of 5% deducted per day late.4.Participation: You will have several opportunities to participate during class. I stronglyencourage you to participate in class discussions and activities. Your active involvement will help you understand the conceptswe discuss and allow you to utilize the information more easily. In addition, your fellow students and I will benefit from the insight and perspectives each of you brings to class. Your active participation will also make each class period more interesting and fun for you and me! In other words, more participation equals less boredom. Here are some examples of how you can participate in class:- Pre-class emailed questions (more info below), this will be primary method for earning participation- Raise your hand and ask a question at any time during the course of a class. I welcome clarification questions as well as questions that challenge the material (i.e., I encourage critical thinking)- Stop by office hoursBefore midnight on the night before each class session for which reading has been assigned, submit via Blackboard at least 1 question or comment about the reading that demonstrates you read and digested the content. Questions can be related to areas you had trouble understanding, things you wish the readings covered,or speculations using the book as a jumping-off point. Tying materials to a personal experience in your life is also acceptable. Summarizing the reading is NOT what I'm looking for. I will use these questions/comments as an indication of what areas people are having the most difficulty with, and what areas you find the most interesting, and will try to address both in class the next day. Please limit yourself to 3-5 sentences. Scoring will be as follows: zero for nothing, +1 for a response that doesn't convey you did the reading and digested it, and +2 is full credit.