E-mail: EnilaCenko@unyt.edu.al ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Thu, 10.00-12.00 or by appointment
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:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Myers, D. G., Abell, J., Kolstad, A., & Sani, F. (2010). Social Psychology. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
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:
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:
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.
Attendance & Participation
|Letter Grade||Percent||Generally Accepted Meaning|
|B+||87-89||Good, above average|
|D+||67-69||Significantly below average|
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 (email@example.com) and/or Academic Support Center, Dr. A. Canollari (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, please contact me, or your academic advisor.
|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
Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 7
Scientific references for the term paper due
Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 8
|Dec 17||Interpersonal Attraction
From first impressions to close relationships
Readings: Myers et. al, ch. 10
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