PS 250 - PS 250-A Social Psychology Spring 2008 Instructor:...

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PS 250-A Social Psychology Spring 2008 Instructor : Dr. Carolyn Whitney Class Meetings : T/Th 2:30-3:45 Room STE 205 Office : STE 206 Phone: 654-2890 Office Hours : T 10-11:30, W 11-11:45 and by appointment Email : cwhitney@smcvt .edu Course Overview Social psychology is the study of how people relate to and are changed by other people. This course provides an introduction to the field of social psychology and the science of individual human behavior in social situations. The fundamental principles of social psychology will be examined as we cover topics including social thinking (how we view ourselves and others), social influence (cultural influences and social learning forces), and social relations (both negative and positive attitudinal and behavioral expressions including prejudice, aggression, attraction, and helping). We will examine concepts such as the self, attitudes and attitude change, group behavior, prejudice and discrimination, prosocial behavior, interpersonal relationships, conformity, emotions, and persuasion, along with many others. Current research and application of social psychological theories will be covered with a special emphasis placed upon applying social psychological principles to one’s own everyday life. Required Text Taylor, Peplau, and Sears (2006). Social Psychology (12 th edition). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice-Hall. There is a companion website that goes along with the text book where students will find quizzes, internet links and so on. http://www.prenhall.com/taylor Supplemental readings as well as movies may be placed on reserve at the library for specific assignments made throughout the semester. Class Format Class meetings may include a combination of the following: lectures, discussions, student led discussions and demonstrations, small group activities, and video viewing. Lectures will either expand upon the text by considering some topics in greater detail, or may include material not discussed in the text. In-class and out-of-class exercises and demonstrations are included to help you understand and apply class material in innovative ways. Be prepared to work with small groups both in the classroom and outside of the scheduled class time. Class participation and contribution to the learning environment is an integral part of the course and students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and to freely discuss the topics introduced during each class. Class participation involves preparedness, studied, thoughtful, respectful, and positive contributions to class discussions, and demonstration of intellectual engagement with course topics.
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Regular class attendance is expected. Students are always responsible for all class materials and assigned readings. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get materials and missed notes from other students in the class (please do not email me to ask me what you missed or to request copies of handouts). Handouts will only be available from me at the class period when they are distributed. Please check for course information and updates frequently in ecollege and in your college email inboxes.
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PS 250 - PS 250-A Social Psychology Spring 2008 Instructor:...

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