154syllabus.s10 - San Jos State University Psychology...

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San José State University Psychology Department Psyc 154, Social Psychology, Section 01, Spring 2010 Instructor: Arlene G. Asuncion, Ph.D. Office Location: Dudley Moorhead Hall 322 Telephone: (408) 924-5609 Email: Web page: [email protected] NOTE: When contacting me by email, please put “PSYC 154 (7:30) in the subject line. Course syllabus, schedule, and assignments may be downloaded from Dr. Asuncion’s faculty webpage. http://www.sjsu.edu/people/arlene.asuncion Office Hours: Class Days/Time: TR 7:30 - 8:45 am (Section 01) Classroom: DMH 149B Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology (Psyc 1 or equivalent) Course Description This course is designed to give you a broad overview of classic and contemporary theory and research in Social Psychology. Social Psychologists are primarily interested in how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by our social environment and by the people with whom we interact. In this course, we will be especially interested in “normal” everyday interactions and in how the “average” person thinks, feels, and behaves. Class sessions will include lectures and in-class activities, including small group discussions, short writing assignments, and/or films. Students will be given an opportunity to examine a wide range of topics within Social Psychology. These broad topic areas include (among others): Impression formation The self Stereotyping and prejudice Attitudes and persuasion Group processes and conformity Social Psychology, Psyc 154, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 8
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Attraction, Love, and Aggression Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives The student learning goals for completion of the Social Psychology course include: 1. An understanding of the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in Social Psychology 1. The skills to understand, critically evaluate, and apply the major research methods in Social Psychology 1. The ability to express themselves effectively in written and oral communication 1. An awareness of the many social influences, as well as cultural and individual differences, that underlie the complexities of human behavior 2. An understanding of the applications of Social Psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues Required Text Textbook Smith & Mackie. Social Psychology (3rd edition). Psychology Press. Classroom Protocol Out of respect for myself and your fellow classmates, I ask that everybody try to practice the following guidelines to help the class run more smoothly as well as to limit the amount of distractions that occur. 1. Please turn off all cell phones & watch alarms prior to entering classroom. 2. If you arrive late, please come in as quietly as you can and sit in the
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