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									PSY 3201, Introduction to Social Psychology                                      Fall 2005

         Introduction to Social Psychology
            Discussion Section Syllabus
Discussion sections will consist of small group discussions that will focus primarily on
articles from your Lesko (2006) book and activities that will supplement your reading of
both the Lesko articles and lectures. This will be accomplished by discussing the articles
and participating in in-class activities.

Attendance and Participation
Come! Show up on time! Participate! Respect fellow classmates! Again, some things go
without saying, but you must be present in class yourself in order to receive points! Don't
ask a friend to mark you as in class! We are smarter than that! You will earn 5 points for
each discussion section that you attend and participate in.

Writing Assignments
Lesko articles. To aid discussion of the Lesko articles, you will be required to prepare
and bring to discussion sections a written assignment based on the articles assigned for
that particular week of discussion sections (see schedule below). For instance, for the
week of discussion sections that Lesko articles 7 and 9 are assigned, you should bring to
discussion section a writing assignment based on articles 7 and 9. You will need to
include the following sections in your writing assignments:
        (1) For each assigned article, write a 2-3 sentence summary of the main point of
the article (1 point).
        (2) For all of the assigned articles as a group, write 3 comments. This means that
if you read a group of 2 articles for discussion, you should write a total of 3 comments
about either or both. Your comments may take the form of ways the readings connect to
concepts introduced in lecture and the text, questions about some aspects of the articles,
etc. In general, this commentary should reflect observations that you feel will contribute
to class discussions (.5 points for each comment).
        (3) Select one of the articles and relate the content of the article to a specific
instance of social behavior (either that you or someone else you know has experienced).
Make sure to explain how the behavior you have chosen relates to the article (2.5 points).
        Writing assignments should be typed using double spaces and 12-point font.
There are no page requirements for the writing assignments. But be reasonable on both
ends -- you will typically need to write at least a page to cover all of the aspects of the
assignment. However, we do not want to receive, nor do you probably want to write, 5
page expositions! You will be required to hand in the writing assignment at the end of
discussion section. You must be present in discussion section to hand in the writing

PSY 3201, Introduction to Social Psychology                                      Fall 2005

assignment, and late assignments will not be accepted. If you are not going to be in
discussion section, do not give your assignment to a friend who is going to be there and
then expect to receive points! You will earn up to 5 points for each writing assignment
that you complete.

Movie. On Monday, October 31, you will watch the movie “Crash” in lecture. You will
then be required to complete a writing assignment for discussion section on Wednesday,
November 2. The assignment will consist of elucidating how particular stereotyping,
prejudice, and discrimination constructs were exemplified in the movie. More details
about this writing assignment will come later in the semester.

In-Class Activities
These will be determined throughout the course of the semester, but may involve group
problem exercises, filling out questionnaires, etc.

You will receive up to 10 points total for each discussion section that you attend. Up to 5
points will be awarded for attendance and participation, and up to 5 points will be
awarded for the writing assignment. You will be able to drop 2 of your discussion
section scores. Thus, a maximum of 100 points for discussion sections can be earned
throughout the semester. This policy is intended to avoid a multitude of excuses for being
absent from discussion and consequent requests for make-up work. Because of this
policy, no make up work will be accepted. Of course, we do realize that there may be
exceptions in extreme cases, like a month long hospital stay. In this case, we will work
something out. Absences for University sponsored events are also acceptable, pending
written proof. Below you will find a table to record your discussion section points.
Please use this to record your points so that you do not have to contact your section
leaders for your point totals (please!)!

Discussion Number              Date                           Points Earned
1                              9/14
2                              9/21
3                              9/28
4                              10/5
5                              10/19
6                              10/26
7                              11/2
8                              11/9
9                              11/23
10                             11/30
11                             12/7
12                             14/14

PSY 3201, Introduction to Social Psychology                               Fall 2005

Date    Topic                    Class Activities          Readings/Writing
9/14    Research Methods in      Lesko 2 discussion        Lesko 2
        Social Psychology        In-class activity TBA     Jordan & Zanna (1999)
9/21    Social Cognition         Lesko 7, 8 discussion     Lesko 7, 8
                                 In-class activity TBA
9/28    Social Perception        Lesko 4, 5 discussion     Lesko 4, 5
                                 In-class activity TBA
10/5    The Self                 Lesko 13 discussion       Lesko 13
                                 In-class activity TBA
10/19   Attitudes and            Lesko 11, 17 discussion   Lesko 11, 17
        Persuasion               In-class activity TBA
10/26   Stereotyping,            Lesko 16, 18 discussion   Lesko 16, 18
        Prejudice, and           In class activity TBA
11/2    Stereotyping,            “Crash” discussion        “Crash”
        Prejudice, and
11/9    Conformity               Lesko 34, 36 discussion   Lesko 34, 36
                                 In-class activity TBA
11/23   Group Processes          Lesko 20, 22 discussion   Lesko 20, 22
                                 In-class activity TBA
11/30   Interpersonal Attraction Lesko 28, 29 discussion   Lesko 28, 29
        and Close                In-class activity TBA
12/7    Prosocial Behavior       Lesko 32 discussion       Lesko 32
                                 In-class activity TBA
12/14   Social Psychology and Lesko 27, 41 discussion      Lesko 27, 41
        the Law/Health           In-class activity TBA


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