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
The course will consider the social, situational and personality factors responsible for the occurrence of antisocial behaviours such as violence and aggression, and of prosocial behaviours such as helping others in disaster or crisis situations.
Prerequisites: Psychology 2820E or both Psychology 2800E and 2810 (or Psychology 2780E or permission of the Department at Huron)
Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
2.0 COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor: Melanie MacEacheron, Ph.D., LL. B.
Office: SSC 7440
Office Hours: By appointment.
Because this is an internet-based course, possibly the best way to contact the instructor is by email. I will respond to your emails by the next business day after business day received (e.g., if I receive an email from you after 5 p.m. on a Friday, and the following Monday is not a holiday, I will respond on Tuesday). If you would like to meet in person or set up a telephone “meeting”, please email me. Please be sure to include “Psych 3720” as part of the subject heading of your emails, and email from your “@uwo.ca” account
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.
Dovidio, J. F., Piliavin, J. A., Schroeder, D. A., & Penner, L. A. (2006). The Social Psychology of Prosocial Behavior. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (For Part 1 of the course)
Krahé, B. (2013). The Social Psychology of Aggression (2nd edition). New York, NY: Psychology Press. (For Part 2 of the course)
4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this course are:
4.1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Note: Because this is an essay course, as per Senate Regulations (http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2017/pg108.html) you must pass the essay component to pass the course. That is, the average mark for your written assignments must be at least 50%.
% of Final Grade
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
Course grades will be based on five online discussions, two exams and a research proposal.
The midterm exam (Saturday, October 21st), worth 25% of the final grade, will cover material from September 7th through October 7th (weeks 1-5).
The final exam (during the final exam period: date, time and location will be available from Registrar’s office), worth 25% of the final grade, will cover material from October 22nd through December 2nd (weeks 8-13). (No new material will be taught in week 14: December 3rd-9th.)
Your goal is to propose a study (preferably an experiment) that would extend our understanding of any area in prosocial or antisocial behaviour. Note that you will not actually conduct the study. More information about the requirements for the research proposal will be provided on the course website.
There will be a discussion board on the course website, which will list a new question each of these weeks, for students to comment on/discuss. You will be divided into groups of approximately five, and will comment on/discuss the question among yourselves. Do not post any derogatory, sarcastic, or demeaning comments about other students or their postings.
Students are expected to participate in all of these discussions by completely answering each component of each question, posting their own thoughts or observations, and by commenting constructively on other students’ comments. In the Discussion area of the course website, you, as a student, can interact with your classmates to explore questions and comments related to the content of this course. A successful student in online education is one who takes an active role in the learning process. Participation in the discussion should enhance your learning experience throughout the course.
The discussions will be graded for the quality and content of your contributions. Examples of quality posts include:
It is strongly suggested that you participate in each discussion regularly (i.e., not solely just before the deadline for the submission of each), and multiple times. One reason for this, is that in order to earn a good grade, you are expected to not only to post good comments that completely answer the given question, but also to respond to others’ posts. Your (final) posting for each discussion must be received by OWL by Friday at 11:45 p.m. of the week of the discussion, in order to be marked.
There will also be an optional, ‘bonus’ discussion, to be completed by December 8th at 11:45 p.m.: Your mark on this discussion, if completed, will replace either your lowest discussion mark or a missed discussion post.
7.0 CLASS SCHEDULE
Week Date Topic Readings Discussions
Part 1: Prosocial Behaviour
1 Sep 7-9 Introduction to Prosocial Behavior Dovidio Ch. 1
2 Sep. 10-16 The Origin of Prosocial Behavior Dovidio Ch. 2 Discussion 1
3 Sep. 17-23 When will people help? Dovidio Ch. 3
4 Sep. 24-30 Why do people help? Dovidio Ch. 4 Discussion 2
5 Oct. 1-7 Being the Helper and Being Helped Dovidio Ch. 7 Discussion 3
6 Oct. 8-14 (Fall Study Break: do your own review)
7 Oct. 15-21 Midterm: Saturday, October 21st, time to be determined–
Covers all textbook chapters and lesson materials (notes, additional
readings, activities, and videos) in Part 1 of the course.
Part 2: Antisocial Behaviour-Aggression
8 Oct. 22-28 Defining and Measuring Aggression Krahé Ch. 1
9 Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Theories of Aggression Krahé Ch. 2 Discussion 4
10 Nov. 5-11 Development of Aggression Krahé Ch. 3
11 Nov. 12-18 Situational Elicitation of Aggression Krahé Ch. 4
12 Nov. 19-25 Media Violence and Aggression Krahé Ch. 5 Discussion 5
13 Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Aggression as Part of Everyday Life Krahé Ch. 6 Research
14 Dec. 3-9 (Study Week: do your own review) ‘Bonus’
Exam 2: Sometime between December 10th and 21st (inclusive). Exact date and time will be
available from Registrar’s Office. Covers all textbook chapters and lesson materials (notes,
additional readings, activities, and videos) in Part 2 of the course.
Recommended Schedule for completing the Research Proposal:
Note: no Research Proposal will be accepted after the date of the final examination (even with late marks taken off, per the assignment description posted on the course OWL website) except with the approval of a UWO Academic Advisor.
- Weeks 1 – 5:
o Find area that interests you (skim readings).
- Weeks 6 – 8:
o Develop outline of a research proposal
- Week 9:
- Week 10:
o Keeping materials just-above in mind, write second draft
- Week 11:
o Submit draft to Turnitin and check for matches
- Week 12:
o Revise and submit final draft (one week before deadline)
- Week 13 (December 1st, 11:45pm):
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:
Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation:
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:
- 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
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References
No electronic devices, including cell phones and smart watches, will be allowed during exams.