Selterman - Intro Social PSYC221 Spring 2012

Selterman - Intro Social PSYC221 Spring 2012 - Psychology...

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Psychology 221: Introduction to Social Psychology Spring 2012, Biosciences Research Building (BRB) 1101 Section 1: Monday, Wednesday 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM + Online Hour Section 2: Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM + Online Hour Instructor: Dylan Selterman, Ph.D. Email : [email protected] Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00PM or by appointment in BPS 3147-A Teaching Assistant (Section #1): Jason Jones Email : [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00am – 11:00am or by appointment in BPS 1134 Teaching Assistant (Section #2): Kate Rice Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30pm or by appointment in BPS 0112-E Undergrad Teaching Assistants : Mike Limongelli Office Hours: TBA Email: [email protected] Patty Kuo Office Hours: Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, BPS 1125 Email: [email protected] W HAT IS S OCIAL P SYCHOLOGY ? Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people. C OURSE O BJECTIVES To raise questions about our existence as social creatures, examine human behavior, and address our mental constructions of reality. Investigate major theories and research perspectives in the study of social psychology. To examine mental processes and elements involving interpersonal relationships, ethics/moral behavior, group dynamics, power/authority, conformity/obedience, religious & political dynamics, aggression, altruism, gender, sexuality, and other applied topics. To develop students’ ability to think critically about the role of social psychology in contemporary issues. C OURSE G OALS /L EARNING O UTCOMES The learning objectives for this course are based on the University of Maryland Department of Psychology’s learning outcomes, which include developing students’ abilities in the following areas: 1) Research Methods : Understand basic research methods in social psychology, including design and interpretation. In other words, you should learn to think like a scientist who studies human behavior. a. Formulate testable predictions/hypotheses. b. Incorporate existing theoretical frameworks into new areas. c. Recognize limitations in applicability of results.
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d. Demonstrate technological competency and information literacy related to research methods. 2) Critical Thinking : Apply creative and critical thinking to behavior and mental processes. a. Use critical thinking and reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals. b. Be a good “consumer” of social science research. c. Distinguish between different types (and varying quality) of research. d. Understand how psychological research is portrayed (accurately or inaccurately) in the mainstream media. 3) Communication: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
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