Welcome to the webpage for
AK/HH/AS/SC/PSYC 2120 3.0 (Section M)
IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION:
The main website for this course can be found at: http://silver.yorku.ca/2008w-hhpsyc2120m-03 (this site should now be working properly)
The information provide below is all outlined in the course syllabus.
Before starting this course, please read the Welcome to Psychology (also available through the main website).
For the course notes for WEEK2, please go to the main website, sign in, and select Week2. You will then need to click on the red link to access the notes.
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Steele
416-736-2100 ext. 22156
Office: BSB 331
Office hours by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Amanda Williams
Phone: 416-736-2100, ext. 20444
Office: Atkinson 026C
Optional Introductory Meeting: Thursday January 17th from Vari Hall B
Course Web Address: http://silver.yorku.ca/2008w-hhpsyc2120m-03
ome information is also posted at:
Syllabus: For a printable version of the course syllabus, please click here.
Required Text: Myers, D. G. & Spencer, S. J. (2006). Social Psychology (Third Canadian Edition).
Supplementary Website: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0070952027/student_view0/
Use the scroll-down menu on the left-hand side to select a chapter. From there you can go through sample multiple choice questions. I would also recommend that you purchase access to their eStudy Guide for optimal course preparation.
Course Description and Goals:
This course is designed to provide you with a detailed introduction to major theories and research in the field of social psychology. Social psychology can be defined as “the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another” (Myers & Spencer, 2006, p. 2). Throughout this course we will cover a wide range of topics of interest to social psychologists including social cognition (how we think about ourselves and others), conformity and persuasion, prejudice, as well as intimacy and attraction. The first goal of this course, therefore, is to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the field of social psychology. We will examine how people influence, and are influenced by, their social environments and how seemingly minor changes in the social situation can have an important effect on individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. A second goal is to allow you to learn more about those around you, and about yourself.
Course Requirements and Grading:
It is expected that you read every assigned chapter of the textbook as well as the weekly supplementary notes. The supplementary notes will occasionally cover material not mentioned in the textbook; some portion of each examination will cover material that is only available in the supplementary notes.
Course Grading Scheme:
Midterm 1: 30%
2 hours. Multiple choice.
2 hour. Multiple choice.
Final Exam: 40%
3 hours. Multiple choice and short answer.
You must take the final exam in order to receive a grade in this course.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MISSING AN EXAM and/or LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Students are expected to write each test on the dates specified. If you are unable to come to the York Campus to write this exam, you will need to make other arrangement through the Centre for Distance Education. You can find more information about this option at: http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/DistanceEd/offsiteExam.htm.
There will be no make-up exams, except under extraordinary circumstances. If you miss an exam with no legitimate excuse, you will receive a grade of zero.
If you have a legitimate reason (e.g., death in the family, severe illness, etc.) for being excused from an exam, and have documentation to verify your absence (please see below), you may take a make-up exam in lieu of the missed exam. You must contact me at least one day in advance of the exam and provide documentation in order to be permitted to take a make-up exam. In the case of an emergency, contact me as soon as possible. Please note that in order to write a deferred examination, you must make personal arrangements with me. The nature of the makeup exam will be at my discretion; if Midterm 1 is missed, you might be asked to write a joint Midterm1/Midterm2 examination worth 60% of your final grade. Note also that deferred exams are held on a single common date determined by the Department of Psychology. No individualized testing is available unless arranged formally through one of the offices at the University (e.g., Counselling and Development Centre, Faculty of Arts; Counselling Centre, Atkinson).
If you produce a valid medical document, signed by a physician, stating that you were medically unable to take the exam, you will be able to take a makeup exam. If you miss an exam for non-medical reasons, you still must produce supporting documentation (e.g., death certificate, obituary notice, automobile accident report, airline ticket for emergency travel, etc.). Missing an exam for a vacation, etc., is not an acceptable reason. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN MUST BE WILLING TO STATE THAT YOU WERE MEDICALLY UNABLE TO TAKE THE EXAM, AND YOU MUST PRODUCE THE DOCUMENT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE MISSED EXAM AND TELEPHONE THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO TAKE THE EXAM. If you are ill or facing extreme personal circumstances and are unable to get the required documentation, I recommend that you consider dropping the course. Although this policy might sound harsh, it has been implemented to help benefit all of the students enrolled in the course.
WEEKLY TOPICS AND
I recommend that each reading be completed by or on the assigned date
Friday Jan 11th The Self in a Social World Chapter 2
Thurs Jan 17th Optional Orientation Meeting
, Vari Hall Room B (VHB)
Friday Jan 18th Social Beliefs and Judgments Chapter 3
Friday Jan 25th Behaviour and Attitudes Chapter 4
Thurs Jan 31st Midterm 1 (2hours) Vari Hall B
Fri Feb 8th Conformity and Persuasion Chapters 6 & 7
Friday Feb 15th OFF (reading week)
Friday Feb 22nd Group Influence & Intergroup Relations Chapters 8 & 13
Friday Feb 29th Culture and Language Chapter 5
Thurs March 6th Midterm 2 (2 hours) Vari Hall B
Fri March 14th Stereotyping and Prejudice Chapter 12
Fri March 21st Altruism & Aggression Chapters 9 & 10
Fri March 27th Attraction and Intimacy Chapter 11
TBA Final Exam (3 hours) – during exam period
Please note: It is important that you show up for all exams on time as no late students will be allowed to write the exam following any student’s departure from the exam room. Exams will start promptly at the scheduled time. Please also ensure that your cell phone is turned off.
The multiple choice portion of each exam will consist of 90 questions with 5 response options each.
Midterm 1 will cover material from the textbook as well as lectures notes for chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Midterm 2 will cover material from the textbook as well as lectures notes for chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, & 13.
The multiple choice portion of the final examination will cover material from the textbook as well as lectures notes for chapters 9, 10, 11, & 12 (this part of the exam is non-cumulative). Short-answer topics will be selected from the entire course content. Potential topics for the short-answer questions will be provided on the course website.
You will not be tested on Module A, B, or C
Some Additional Considerations:
If you’ve read through a chapter or posted course notes and you have outstanding questions, you should contact your TA for clarification. The best way to reach the TA is via email (Amanda Williams; firstname.lastname@example.org). In the subject heading, please write “Psych 2120M question”. Amanda will do her best to respond within 72 hours, and will respond as quickly as possible close to exam dates. Responses will generally be cc:ed to me, and when appropriate, responses will also be posted on the course website. So you may want to check there when reviewing for exams, to see if there are responses that you find helpful. You can also post your question to the discussion section of the website, where students might provide a quicker response. Amanda and I will also take a look at this section regularly. Also, before getting started, please be sure to read the “Welcome to Psychology” document available on the course website.