Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

2070A-001

Psychology 2070A

Social Psychology

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.

1.0    CALENDAR DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the theories, methods, findings, and problems encountered in the study of people as social beings.

 

Antirequisites: Psychology 2720A/B, 2780E

 

Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.

 

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course


2.0    COURSE INFORMATION

       Instructor:   Sarah Moroz                                        

       Office: SSC 6323                                        

       Office Hours: by appointment                                

       Email: smoroz2@uwo.ca                                                    

 

       Teaching Assistant (Last names A-M): Alexa Clerke 

       Office: SSC 7335                                                              

       Office Hours: by appointment                                

       Email: arempel6@uwo.ca                             

 

       Teaching Assistant (Last names N-Z): Joshua Patenaude     

       Office: SSC 6313                                                              

       Office Hours: by appointment                                

       Email: jpatena3@uwo.ca                              

 

       Time and Location of Classes: HSB-40, 7:00-10:00 PM, Thursdays  


If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to assist you.  Please visit:  http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these resources and on mental health.

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.

3.0  TEXTBOOK

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Fehr, B., & Akert, R. M. (2016). Social Psychology (6th Canadian

     edition). Pearson Education Canada, Inc.

 

4.0    COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course provides a broad introduction to theories and findings related to the scientific study of human social behavior.


   4.1    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

 

5.0     EVALUATION

Participation (12%)

 

Students will be required to complete “five minute papers” each week. After each class, one or more questions about that week’s lecture will be uploaded to Owl. You will be asked to respond to these questions to the best of your ability. These papers are not graded, but rather, are intended to get you thinking about the course material and engaging with your learning. Each completed paper will earn you 1% (12 papers x 1% each = 12% total).

Papers may be submitted on OWL until the start of the following week’s lecture (i.e., the assignment portal will close at 6:55 pm the following Thursday).

 

 

Midterm (44%)

 

The midterm is worth 44% of your final grade and will take place on October 26th, 2017 during class time (7-9 PM). This test covers chapters 1-6 and the September 7-October 19 lectures. This test will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions.

 

 

Final Exam (44%)

 

The final exam is worth 44% of your final grade and will take place during the final exam period in December. This exam is non-cumulative and covers chapters 7-12 and the November 2-December 7 lecture material.

 

Both of the tests will require not only that you learn and understand a good amount of information, but also that you be able to synthesize this information and apply it to novel contexts. Material from both the textbook readings and the lectures are fair game.  Lecture material includes videos, demonstrations, guest lectures and anything else presented or discussed during class. Study hard!


Although the Psychology Department does not require instructors to adjust their course grades to conform to specific targets, the expectation is that course marks will be distributed around the following averages:


70%     1000-level and 2000-level courses
72%     2190-2990 level courses
75%     3000-level courses
80%     4000-level courses
   
The Psychology Department follows the University of Western Ontario grading guidelines, which are as follows (see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/general/grades_undergrad.pdf ):

A+  90-100      One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level
A    80-89        Superior work that is clearly above average
B    70-79        Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory
C    60-69        Competent work, meeting requirements
D    50-59        Fair work, minimally acceptable
F    below 50    Fail



6.0  TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Midterm                                                       October 26

 

Final Exam                                                   TBA (during final exam period December 10-21)


7.0   CLASS SCHEDULE

Class

Date

Topic(s)

1

September 7

Introduction to Social Psychology

2

September 14

Methodology

3

September 21

Social Cognition

4

September 28

Social Perception

5

October 5

The Self

 

October 12

**No class – fall study break**

6

October 19

Attitudes and Attitude Change

7

October 26

Midterm

7:00-9:00 PM

HSB-40

8

November 2

Conformity

9

November 9

Group Processes

10

November 16

Close Relationships

11

November 23

Prosocial Behaviour

12

November 30

Aggression

13

December 7

Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

 

Date TBA

(April 14-30)

Final Exam

Time TBA

Location TBA


8.0     STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES

Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described at the following link:  http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf

As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and Turnitin.com http://www.turnitin.com

Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.



9.0    POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR MEDICAL ILLNESS

Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:
http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2017/pg954.html 

Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation:
http://counselling.ssc.uwo.ca/procedures/medical_accommodation.html


10.0        OTHER INFORMATION

Office of the Registrar web site:  http://registrar.uwo.ca

Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca

Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following:

    http://psychology.uwo.ca/undergraduate/student_responsibilities/index.html

- Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct
- Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations
- Policy on Attendance
- Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines
- Policy for Assignments
- Short Absences
- Extended Absences
- Documentation
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References

No electronic devices, including cell phones and smart watches, will be allowed during exams.