E-mail: EnilaCenko@unyt.edu.al ; enila.cenko@gmail.com

Office Hours:  Thu, 10.00-12.00 or by appointment

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive survey of the major theoretical and research based principles of social psychology. The goal of this course is to explain how our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people. Although Social Psychology is typically seen as a broad sub-discipline of psychology, its applications transcend traditional boundaries including biology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science. Best of all, social psychology is exciting, interesting, occasionally controversial, and applies to everyday life.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The course aims to:

  • To provide an understanding of how social psychologists think about and study human behavior;
  • To provide the tools and cognitive skills needed to understand and critically examine psychological research;
  • To provide an introduction to and general survey of many of the theories and principles that underlie social psychology;
  • To encourage reflection about the application of social psychological research and how it might be used to solve real-world problems and even help understand situations we actually encounter in everyday life.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in social psychology.
  • Understand the methods social psychologists use in their research and their rationale. In addition, appreciating these techniques will underscore the value of the scientific method and scientific reasoning in understanding our world.
  • Apply the lessons of social psychology to everyday life. Social psychology is always operating in the real world. Why are some people more popular than others? How do corporations craft advertising campaigns to sell their products? Do subliminal cues affect our behavior? Do people really treat others differently because of their age, sex, or race, and if so under what conditions? How will political candidates use persuasion to earn votes? At the end of the course, students should be able to recognize these processes as they unfold in the world around them and understand why they happen and know their implications.

 

Required Readings:

Myers, D. G., Abell, J., Kolstad, A., & Sani, F. (2010). Social Psychology. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Recommended Textbooks

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2010). Social psychology (7th edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Myers, D.G. (2012). Exploring Social Psychology (6th edition). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Copies of the PowerPoint lectures delivered in class are available for you at Rossi Copy shop, located near the UNYT campus.

Course Requirements and Assignments:

Readings: The textbook and additional reading assignments are crucial to your understanding of the course material. Note that not all the text material will be covered in class.

Attendance: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. Please note that only the Record’s Office can excuse an absence (for example, for illness). Also, please refrain from arriving late or leaving early from class, without talking to me beforehand. Unless you receive prior approval, these hours will be counted as absences.

Participation: is as important as attendance. Throughout this course, you will be given the opportunity to engage in group work, case and example discussion, and other active learning activities. Participating in class discussions is a good tool to practice your communication and thinking skills. Sharing your experiences, opinions and raising questions will be beneficial to all. However, if you do not feel comfortable speaking in front of others, please see me.

Written work: Each student will prepare a term paper on a topic of his/her choosing, that should receive the instructor’s approval first. All papers:

  • Need to be your own original work
  • Should not exceed 6 pages
  • Must be typed, double-spaced and in APA format
  • Contain at least three scientific references (articles, book chapters etc.)

Note that there are several steps that you need to undertake in order to submit a successful final draft. The dates for these steps are outlined in the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. These steps include:

  • Selection of an appropriate topic and instructor’s approval
  • Submission of scientific references that you will use to write the paper
  • Submission of an outline for the paper
  • Submission of final draft.

Final drafts of the term papers will be accepted only after completion of the previous steps. Please note that late papers will be penalized with a 1 point deduction for each day that they are late. No papers will be accepted after the final exam date.

 

Group/individual presentation: The class will be divided into groups of two or more students. Each group will choose a different, specific topic of their interest, which is relevant to the course material. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor first. The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate the ability to synthesize information on the selected topic from different sources, apply it to real world issues, and present it to the rest of the class in a professional yet engaging way. You will be given in class, a detailed presentation assessment rubric that contains information on how your presentation grade will be calculated.

The ability to work in groups is an essential skill for your future as professionals in the job field. Please note that the ability to engage in quality group work entails respecting deadlines and the work of other group members. As such, note that if one of the members of the group does not show up for the presentation on the scheduled day, then he/she will be penalized. Under these circumstances, the other group members have the choice to have an individual presentation, or to have a delayed and penalized presentation. For each delayed presentation, there will be a 5 point deduction from the overall grade.

 Examinations: There will be 2 exams (1 midterm and 1 final exam) during the semester. Each of the exams will cover the materials, lectures, readings and discussion up to the date of the exam. The final exam is not comprehensive and will cover all the materials covered after the mid-term exam. The exams may contain various types of questions, such as multiple-choice, short-answer, true-and-false, and short essay. Make-up exams will not be given unless there is a case of documented emergency, in which case you are urged to contact the instructor as soon as possible.

 

Assessment Criteria

 

 

Attendance & Participation

 

10%
Midterm 20%
Presentation 20%
Term paper 25%
 

Final Exam

 

25%

 

Grading Scale

 

Letter Grade Percent Generally Accepted Meaning
      A 96-100 Excellent
      A- 90-95
      B+ 87-89 Good, above average
      B 83-86
      B- 80-82
      C+ 77-79 Acceptable
      C 73-76
      C- 70-72
      D+ 67-69 Significantly below average
      D 63-66
      D- 60-62
      F 0-59 Failing grade

 

General Requirements

Conduct: Please avoid disruptive behavior such as talking with your classmates and turn off your cell phones before class time. I would like us to enjoy our learning experience, but also to act appropriately for the situation.  Since this is a 3hr class, we will have at least one break depending on our pace.

Office Hours: I encourage all students to drop by my office at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.

Format: All written assignments must adhere to APA format: A4 size, Times New Roman font, 12 pt, double spaced with standard margins and page numbers. You should always check your work for spelling and grammar. The paper should be submitted to TURNITIN program. If students do not have a TURNITIN account, they should create one. Please keep in mind that you have to submit your papers at TURNITIN by the deadline indicated in the syllabus. Other ways of paper submission are NOT accepted.

Late Assignments:  Make-up exams will NOT be given unless there is a case of documented emergency. Written assignments must be submitted before midnight on the day they are due or TURNITIN will automatically consider them late.

Academic Dishonesty/Turnitin: UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Read the UNYT Student Honor Code for a more detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Please be aware that assignments submitted via TURNITIN must not receive an overall plagiarism mark of over 10%, otherwise they will be graded down significantly. Any assignment with a plagiarism rate of 25% or higher will be automatically graded as an F (0%).

Learning Difficulties: If you feel that you have encountered special learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, please make an appointment with the UNYT’s Counseling Office, Dr. E.Cenko (enilacenko@unyt.edu.al) and/or Academic Support Center, Dr. A. Canollari (albanacanollari@unyt.edu.al). For more information, please contact me, or your academic advisor.

Course Schedule:

Dates Topics, Readings and Assignments
Oct 15 What is Social Psychology?

A brief history of Social Psychology; Human Values; Big Ideas

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 1

Oct 22 How social  psychologists ask and answer questions

Research methods in Social Psychology

Readings: Myers et. al., ch 2

Oct 29 Social Cognition

How we think about the self and the social world

How we come to understand ourselves

Readings: Myers et. al., ch. 3

Nov 5 Social Beliefs and Judgments

How we come to understand other people

Readings: Myers et. al., ch. 4

Topic & scope of the presentation due

Nov 12 Attitudes and Behavior

Influencing thoughts and feelings

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 5

Nov 19 Social Influence

Genes, Culture and Gender

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 6

Topic & scope of the term paper due

Nov 26 Midterm Examination
Dec 3 Conformity and Obedience

Influencing behavior

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 7

Scientific references for the term paper due

Dec 10 Persuasion

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 8

 

Dec 17 Interpersonal Attraction

From first impressions to close relationships

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 10

Jan 7 Aggression

Why do we hurt other people? Can we prevent it?

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 9

Jan 14 Group processes

Influences in social groups

Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 12

Jan 21 Prejudice: Causes and Cures

Intergroup Relations, Conflict

Readings: Myers et. al., ch. 14

Jan 28 Applying Social Psychology: Social Psychology in the Court, Organizations, and Health

Readings: Myers et. al., ch 15

Feb 4 Final Examination

 

Revised: October 2015

Faculty: Arts & Sciences.

Department: Humanities & S.Sc.

Grade: Undergraduate.

Majors: Humanities and Social Studies.

Study Fileds: Psychology.

Course Year: 2.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: THU 13:00-16:00

Instructor: Cenko Enila

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: