Social Psychology Syllabus Fall 2010

Social Psychology Syllabus Fall 2010 - PSYC 6 Social...

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PSYC 6: Social Psychology Warren Lecture Hall Rm. 2005 MWF 8:00-8:50 Instructor: Dr. Erin Devers Teaching Assistants: Jonathan Leavitt Office: Mandler Hall 2580 Kristin Howell E-mail: [email protected] Email: [email protected] ; [email protected] Office hours: F 9-11 Office hours & Location: Wed. 9-11 (Jon); Mon 11-1, Mandler 2503 (Kristin) Required materials: Myers, D. (2010). Social Psychology 10 th Edition , New York, NY: McGraw Hill. Course Description: The purpose of this course is to inspire you to think about the way you experience your social world. The first goal of this course is to familiarize you with basic theory and research in the area of social psychology. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the strong social forces that influence our behavior in everyday life. In addition, you will be challenged to question what distinguishes how people act from how they should act. By the end of this course, you will be able to answer questions such as...Why do people sometimes fail to help others in emergency situations? How do people justify and make sense of their decisions? Why do people seem to cling to their stereotypes in the face of information that disconfirms them? How do newlyweds maintain the belief that they will always be happily married despite their knowledge of the divorce rate? How do people protect their self-esteem in the face of their own failures? The course will follow a lecture format, but I will expect you to ask questions and engage in discussions about the material we will cover. Lectures are designed to clarify as well as extend the text, therefore, lectures will often cover material that is not in your text. This means that to be successful in this course you must carefully read the text and consistently attend lectures. The best way to get all of the material covered in lecture is to print the powerpoint outlines that are posted on WebCT and fill them in during lecture. These notes are posted a few days in advance of class. Grading: The breakdown is as follows: Participation: 20 points Exam 1: 80 points Exam 2: 80 points Exam 3: 80 points Exam 4: 80 points Quizzes: 20 points (4 quizzes, each with 5 questions worth 1 point each) Discussion Forums: 40 points (8 discussion forums each worth 5 points) Total: 320 points (the lowest exam score will drop) 1
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Number of Points Earned Percentage Grade 314-320 98-100 A+ 298-313 93-97 A 288-297 90-92 A- 278-287 87-89 B+ 266-277 83-86 B 256-265 80-82 B- 246-255 77-79 C+ 234-245 73-76 C 224-233 70-72 C- 214-223 67-69 D+ 202-213 63-66 D 192-201 60-62 D- Below 192 Below 60 F Extra Credit:
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