Welcome to the webpage for
AK/HH/AS/SC/PSYC 2120 3.0 (Section R)
IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION:
The main website for this course can be found at: http://silver.yorku.ca/2008w-hhpsyc2120r-03
***Please note, some of you could not access the PowerPoint Slides from this website. They should now be available. After you login using your passport account, click on Week 1 and then the provided link to get to the PowerPoint slides for the first class. If you encounter any difficulties, please feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or click the support link for the website. PLEASE ALSO NOTE that if you have just registered in the course it will take 1-2 business days to provide you with access. For this reason, I have provided a link to the lecture slides from Week 1 and Week 2 below.***
The information provide below is all outlined in the course syllabus.
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Steele
416-736-2100 ext. 22156
Office: BSB 331
Office hours by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Leah Reisz
Phone: 416-736-2100, ext. 20444
Office: Atkinson 026C
Office hours by appointment
Course Schedule: Thursdays in ACE 001 (starting January 3rd)
Course Web Address: http://silver.yorku.ca/2008w-hhpsyc2120r-03 (Lecture slides will be posted here usually within 1 day after class)
Some 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 attend each lecture and that you read every assigned chapter of the textbook. Lectures will not cover the exact material presented in the text and accordingly approximately half of each exam will be based on topics presented exclusively in either the lecture or the text.
If you miss a lecture, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed from other students in the class. To assist you, I will post the PowerPoint slides on the course website, generally within 2 days after class. The slides will provide you with the basic material covered, however they will not always provide the critical details learned during class time.
Course Grading Scheme:
Midterm 1: 30%
1 ˝ hours. Multiple choice. Followed by a 1 hour video.
1 ˝ hours. Multiple choice. Followed by a 1 hour video.
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.
Missing an exam
Students are expected to write each test on the dates specified. There will be two multiple choice in-class exams in this course. Each in-class exam is worth 30% of your final grade. In addition, the final exam is worth 40% of your final grade. 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 highly recommend that you consider dropping the course.
WEEKLY TOPICS AND
I recommend that each reading be completed before class.
Thurs Jan 17th Social Cognition and Social Perception Chapter 3
Thurs Jan 24th Attitudes Chapter 4
Thurs Jan 31st Midterm 1 (1˝ hours) & Video
Thurs Feb 7th Conformity and Persuasion Chapters 6 & 7
Thurs Feb 14th OFF (reading week)
Thurs Feb 21st Group Processes & Intergroup Relations Chapters 8 & 13
Thurs Feb 28th Culture and Emotional Expression Chapter 5
Thurs March 6th Midterm 2 (1˝ hours) & Video
Thurs March 13th Stereotyping and Prejudice Chapter 12
Thurs March 20th Aggression and Prosocial Behaviour Chapters 10 & 9
Thurs March 27th Attraction and Intimacy Chapter 11
Class wrap-up and review
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. Possible topics will be provided in class.
You will not be tested on Module A, B, or C
Some Additional Considerations:
Psychology Department lists a number of student responsibilities and requirements,
two of which are presented here.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that courses are selected in accordance with current degree/certificate and program requirements. Please check to make sure that the course that you enroll in fits with your degree requirements.
All students are required to satisfy all of the co-requisite(s) and prerequisite(s) for courses selected for enrolment. You may be de-enrolled from a course for which you lack the required co- or prerequisite(s). Do not rely on the enrolment system to block your enrolment from such courses. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that co- and prerequisite requirements have been satisfied. Please note that such de-enrolment could occur even after the course has started, leaving you with few or no options in terms of replacing the course. As noted on the website, the pre-requisite for this course is AK/HH/AS/SC/PSYC 1010 6.0 or AK/PSYC 2410 6.0, with a minimum grade of C. If you do not meet this requirement, you will want to drop the course and/or contact the Psychology Office (416-736-5117 or 416-736-5202) asap.
There are certain things that help to ensure an enjoyable and productive use of class time. Please come to class prepared to start on time. Please also turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices prior to each class.