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					             GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - PSY 250 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
                                    Fall, 2011


Section Number:16655               Date/Time: M/W 1:00 – 2:15            Location: LS 106

Instructor: Dr. Kam Majer          Phone: (623) 845-3732        Office: LS 256

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2:30 – 4:00pm and by appointment on Friday

Psychology Department Web Page: www.gc.maricopa.edu/psyc This is an excellent resource
site for psychology students.

http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/psyc/kmajer.html This is my website linked to the psychology
department webpage. You can download any of the instructor assigned course study materials
from this site including your syllabus, self-collage instructions and weekly study guides

E-mail: kam.majer@gcmail.maricopa.edu; During the school week, M-Th, I usually respond to
all e-mails before leaving campus each day or before the end of the evening. I do not always
respond to e-mails on the weekend.

TEXT: Social Psychology, 12th Edition, Taylor, Peplau and Sears

The text is available for purchase at the bookstore on campus and at the Off Campus Bookstore,
59th and Vogel. This is also a copy of the text at the reserve desk in the library for your use. I
recommend you try to buy your textbook online, as they are generally less expensive. This text is
required and you will need it to complete the course. You can also rent it at Chegg.com.

MCCCD COURSE DESCRIPTION: "In-depth study of how the group, culture, and society
influence the behavior of the individual. Human social behavior such as aggression, attraction,
conformity, helping, person perception and persuasion".

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this course are for you to:

1)    Understand core theories and concepts from the field of social psychology

2)    Participate in individual and group activities relating to social psychology

3)    Apply information learned in class to real life situations and your own life

4)    Identify current controversies in the field of social psychology

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Learning should be fun, and so should this class. I want you to
look forward to being here each week. There is a lot we can learn from each other during our time
together. I believe you'll enjoy class more and learn the material better when you are in an
environment that:
1)     Promotes your own dignity, provides opportunities for self-expression and makes you
       responsibility for your own learning.
2)     Encourages dialogue between the instructor and the students.
3)     Encourages interactions and cooperative activities between students.

                                               EXPECTATIONS

Part of each class meeting will be spent in a non-traditional manner. You may be asked to
participate in one to one interactions, small group discussions, and large group
activities/discussions. Specific material from the book may not be covered during the classroom
activities, but you are still responsible for knowing the material.

*****If you are having difficulty with the course, please come and see me as soon as
possible. It is better to deal with problems immediately instead of doing nothing and
hoping they will go away. I can't help you if I don't know you need assistance. Essay
assessments are initially difficult for many students. Coming to talk to me about studying
and writing strategies will definitely help increase your grade in this class.*****

                                          COURSE INFORMATION

Attendance, Drops and Withdrawal: Attendance will be taken each day. If you arrive more than
10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early, you will receive "partial attendance". Any
two "partial attendance" marks will be equivalent to one absence. If you have six absences you
will be dropped from the course with a failing grade. You should read the class schedule to
obtain student initiated withdrawal dates (check with the Admissions Office if you need any
clarification of dates). The policy is that withdrawal from class is the student's responsibility.
If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive
this aid by meeting the attendance requirements of this class.

First Week Schedule Changes: During the first week of class, students may change sections,
or drop or add a class without penalty. If you feel that a class is not right for you, then you
should make changes during the first week.

Posting Number: You will be assigned a "posting number" which you will use on your tests,
homework and individual projects for identification purposes. Please be sure to remember to put it
on all materials you give to me. If your posting number is not on materials given to me, you will
not get credit.

Academic Assessment: Instead of traditional assessment techniques, this class will focus on
the application of social psychological principles to you and your interactions with other people.
For each content area, you will write a short paper relating terms and concepts from the chapter
to your own life to demonstrate your correct understanding of the course content.

Papers will be due on the Wednesday following the end of a chapter. Since I anticipate
covering a chapter each week, you should anticipate writing approximately one paper a week,
or 12-13 total papers.
Self Collage: You will create and present a collage about yourself and the different components
of your self concept to the chapter content. Additionally, you will write a paper relating the
contents of your collage to the concepts discussed in the lectures/textbook. This project will be
worth 25 points. You will receive more specific information in the next few weeks about the self-
collage.

Class assignments are due at 1:00 onThursdays. You are welcome to give me your assignments
prior to the due date. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you are late to class or miss
class the day your assessment paper or collage is due or you do not turn it in before the
class starting time on the specified date, you will not get credit for the project. You can e-
mail papers to me if you need to miss class for verification purposes only. They need to be an
attachment to the e-mail in MICROSOFT WORD (a version prior to and including XP). If they
are in any other format, they will not be accepted. If you do not get an e-mail from me confirming
that I have received your paper, you should assume I did not get it. Keep verification in your
records of when all materials are sent to me. This will assure me that your paper was completed
on time. You must bring a written copy to class the next time we meet.

Because all assignments are individually hand-graded, there is the possibility of an
addition error in your total score. It is your responsibility to check the addition on your test
for accuracy and bring any errors to my attention.

Please be sure to retain any materials returned to you that I have graded during the semester
including tests, homework, etc. Keep them until you have received your final grade online. If
there are any problems it is to your advantage to have these records.

Extra Credit/Incompletes: There is no extra credit in this class. Incompletes will be given for
appropriate reasons following a discussion with the instructor.

Grades: Your grade in the class will be based on the following approximate point total:

       120 possible points for weekly assessment papers (13 papers completed, dropping your
       lowest score)

       25 possible points for the self-collage

Here is how grades are calculated:

       A - 90% of all possible points or higher

       B - 80-89% of all possible points

       C - 70-79% of all possible points

       D - 60-69% of all possible points
      F - 59% or less of all possible points
Grades: Student grades are available on the GCC website, under the student services section.

Student GCC E-mail: students will be informed of class cancellations, changes, extra credit
opportunities, etc., via your official GCC e-mail address. I recommend you check it daily before
coming to class.

Special Needs: If you have special learning needs because of a disability, please speak with me
immediately.

Cheating/Plagiarism: Plagiarism is using the works/words/thoughts of others in your assignments
without giving credit to those other, original sources. Plagiarism will result in an "F" for the course
and immediate expulsion from the class. In certain circumstances, the instructor will assign
specific terms/concepts to individuals who are “grouped” by social roles, i.e., married, close
friends, etc.

Children and Visitors: Children and visitors are not allowed in the classroom.

Audio-Taping Policy: Students may tape lectures with the permission of the instructor their own
personal use for study purposes.

Telecommunications Devices: As a courtesy to your fellow classmates and to me, please turn
off all phones when you come to class. Phones are not allowed to be used during class time,
including looking to see if you have messages, sending text messages, etc. This can be
distracting to the instructor and other students. Looking at, using or texting during class is
cause for you to be dropped from the class with a failing grade. If you anticipate an
emergency situation which might require the use of your phone, please discuss this situation
with the instructor before class starts.

Computers: You are allowed to use computers to take notes during class lectures. However, if
I believe you are doing ANYTHING else with your computer, you will not be allowed to use it
and will need to take notes by hand.

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Occasionally problems arise related to classroom conduct.
Please read and familiarize yourself with the section on “Student Rights and Responsibilities” in
your Glendale Community College course catalog. This outlines acceptable classroom behavior
and conflict resolution procedures.

Food and Beverage Policy: No food is allowed in the classroom. Beverages in sports bottles with
the pop-up caps will be allowed, otherwise, drinks are also not allowed in classrooms. This
means no pop cans, "Big Gulps", coffee drinks, smoothies, etc.



                   THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED BY THE PROFESSOR AT ANY TIME
                                 Psychology 250 - Social Psychology
                                Official MCCCD Course Competencies




1.    Describe the history and research methodology of social psychology.

2.    Describe the role of non-verbal communication in understanding causes of behavior.

3.    Define attribution and describe the factors that relate to it.

4.    Identify potential sources of bias in attribution.

5.    Describe the basic processes that play a role in social cognition.

6.    Describe theories of self-attribution, and cite research supporting and refuting these
      theories.
7.    Describe the factors involved in forming impressions of others.

8.    Describe the processes involved in attitude formation.

9.    Describe techniques of attitude measurement.

10.   Describe the factors and techniques involved in changing attitudes.

11.   Define prejudice and describe theoretical explanations of prejudice.

12.   Identify strategies used to reduce prejudice.

13.   Describe sex typing and prejudices based on it.

14.   Define attraction, friendship and love.

15.   Describe the factors the influence attraction, friendship and love.

16.   Describe theories and techniques of social influence.

17.   Describe research and factors involved in prosocial behavior.

18.   Describe theories and research findings on aggression.

19.   Describe prevention and control of aggression.
                                   COURSE SCHEDULE
                                Psy 250 - Social Psychology
                                    Fall Semester, 2011

WEEK                    TOPIC                                 READING

August 15/17            Introduction to Social Psychology     Chapter 1
                                                              Pg 2-14


August 29/31            Person Perception                     Chapter 2


September 5             No School – Veteran’s Day
September 7             Person Perception Continued


September 12/14         Social Cognition                      Chapter 3
September 19/21


September 26/28         Attribution Theory                    Chapter 3


October 3/5             Self-Knowledge                        Chapter 4
October 10/12

October 17/19           Attitudes and Attitude Change         Chapter 5,
                                                              pg 132-147
                                                              and 159-166

October 24/26           Persuasion                            Chapter 5,
                                                              Pg 147-159

                  Self-Collage Due October 26th


October 31/             Prejudice                             Chapter 6
November 2


November 7/9/14         Behavior in Groups                    Chapter 10


November 16/21/23       Personal Relationships                Chapter 8 & 9
WEEK                     TOPIC                                       READING



November 28/30           Helping Behavior                            Chapter 12


December 5/7             Aggression                                  Chapter 13




               This course schedule may be modified by the professor at any time
                                 GRADE RECORDING SHEET

                                SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - Psy 250

Assessment Papers


      Intro_____


      Person Perception _____


      Social Cognition _____


      Attribution _____


      Self Knowledge Paper _____


      Attitudes_____


      Persuasion_____


      Prejudice_____


      Group Behavior _____


      Personal Relationships _____


      Helping Behavior _____


      Aggression _____



Self-Collage (25)   ______
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                            STUDENT STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
                                     SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
                                           Psy 250
                                        Dr. Kam Majer




Date __________                                   Section Number __________




I ______________________________________________________
                            (Print first and last name)


have read the course syllabus and the course schedule and understand the contents of these
materials and my responsibilities as a student.

I also understand that psychology, as a science, investigates the full range of human behavior and
mental processes and therefore topics of a sensitive or mature nature may be discussed in class
or included in the reading/resource materials. These topics include, but are not limited to, human
sexual behavior, issues involving race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and violent
behaviors (including physical, emotional and sexual abuse).

If I am under age 18, I have discussed the course content with my parent(s)/legal guardians and
they are also aware of and understand the content of the course and the related materials.


__________________________________________
Signature
                            STUDENT STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
                                     SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
                                           Psy 250
                                        Dr. Kam Majer




Date __________                                   Section Number _________________




I ______________________________________________________
                            (Print first and last name)

have read the course syllabus and the course schedule and understand the contents of these
materials and my responsibilities as a student.

I also understand that psychology, as a science, investigates the full range of human behavior and
mental processes and therefore topics of a sensitive or mature nature may be discussed in class
or included in the reading/resource materials. These topics include, but are not limited to, human
sexual behavior, issues involving race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and violent
behaviors (including physical, emotional and sexual abuse).

If I am under age 18, I have discussed the course content with my parent(s)/legal guardians and
they are also aware of and understand the content of the course and the related materials.




Signature




THIS FORM MUST BE SIGNED AND RETURNED TO DR. MAJER TO CONFIRM YOUR
ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE

				
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