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"Psychological Perspectives on Social Psychology"
This course requires that  each student have an active UNCG email address, library skills, basic computer skills,  internet knowledge and a commitment to UNCG's Academic Integrity Policy.
Dr. Jacquelyn White
Professor, Social Psychology
Ph.D. 1971, Kent State University
Eberhart 276 (336) 256-0014
Office Hours: 
    M, W 10:30-11:00am
    T, Th  11:15-11:50am

Course Description

Survey of scientific theories and research on the nature, causes, and consequences of  individual behavior in social context. Topics include relationships, groups, attitudes, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and prejudice.(PR 121)

The first section of the course is aimed at defining social psychology and its methods. The role of cognitive processes in social behavior will be examinied. The psychological apporach to the study of social behavior will be distinguihed from soiciological perspectives. 

In the second section of the course we will explore the role of the self in social behavior. 

The third section of the course examines in depth group processes and relationships.

The final section of the course focuses on the fundamentally important behaviors of helping, altrullism, aggression and prejudice. 

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how a social psychological analysis differs from other forms of analysis
  • To become familar with the wide variety of questions and topics that social psychologists study
  • to learn the classic and contemporary theories that are relevant
  • To become familar with a sampling of research findings, both correlational and experimental 
  • To appreciate the variety of choices and limitations in the lives of women and men as they are shaped by personal and social factors
  • To explore various topic areas through readings, class activities, and discussion and by thinking and writing critically and reflectively.
  • Students will learn to question rigid notions about distinctions between the personal and public, individual and society, subjectivity and objectivity, reason and passion. They will have opportunities to test their emerging ideas about social behavior both individually and collaboratively in a manner that aims for critical understanding, as well as building a knowledge base derived from an examination of empirical research.

Aronson, Elliott, & Aker, Social Psychology, 4th edition

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on a total of 240 points, using a 10 point scale (90% and above = A; 80% and above = B, etc.). Each exam will consist of 40 multiple choice questions (each worth 1 point); one extra credit essay (worth up to 4 additional points). You will also complete a Psychology in Action Project, worth 40 points. This will consist of two parts--select one Psychology in Action chapter, read it and do a detailed outline (10 points) and complete one of the Try It exercises described in the chapter and write a report on the project (30 points); students may team up to collect information for the project but each report must be individually and independently written in the form of a reserach report (introduction, method, results and discussion. You must also complete 4 additional Try It activities and report about them on Blackboard.

Missed examination policy: Make up exams and late work will be accepted only for a valid and documented reason.

Academic Misconduct:
Any form of academic misconduct that violates the principles of academic integrity (honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility) will be handled according to UNCG’s academic violation procedures. In short, it is in your best interest to avoid cheating, plagiarizing, and falsifying. 

Grades will be posted several times during the semester. It is your responsibility to periodically check them to ensure that all work is properly credited.
Percent of 
4 exams   40 points each 160 points
Psychology in Action outline   10 points    10 points
Psychology in Action project    30 points    30 points
4 Try It activities     10 points each   40 points
TOTAL 240 points

Extra Credit Options (up to 15 points):

1. Extra credit term paper (based on at least 6 research articles taken from professional scientific journals, (8 -10 pages), (see Dr. White for topic approval.)

2. You may keep a journal. This must consist of a minimum of 21one half page entries. Each entry is to be numbered, dated, and written on a separate page.  Journal entries will be evaluated on the depth of thought and should contain your reactions to course material and/or comments linking day-to-day observations to course material.

3. You may attend up to five campus or community events relevanat to gender issues and do a 1-2 page report on each.

4.. If you have any other ideas for an extra credit project, please see me to discuss it. Web based projects are encouraged.

Due date for all extra credit work is April 29, 2004.

Attendance/Pop Assignments

Attendance will not be taken regularly.  However, from time to time there will be "pop" assignments to be completed during class.  If you are present, you will receive extra credit for participation.

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