Introduction to Social Psychology
Instructor: Rowena Tan, Ph.D. email: Tan@uni.edu
Office Hours: W: 2:00-3:00 Sabin 327C
And by appointment Phone: 273-7286
Teaching Assistants: Rylee Junk
Franzoi, SL (2016). Social Psychology, 7th ed. BVT Publishing (older editions of McGraw-Hill are acceptable)
You will need a package of 3x5 index cards.
Tentative Course Schedule
9-11 Social Psychology as a discipline 1-2
What the heck is it, what do we do?
16-18 The Self 3
23-25 Self-Presentation and Social Perception 4
30 Test 1
1-8 Persuasion and Attitude Change 5
13-15 Movie mania/maybe sex and gender
20-27 Prejudice & Discrimination 6
1 Test 2
6-8 Social Influence 7
20-22 Interpersonal Attraction 9
27-April 3 Intimate Relationships 10
5 Test 3
10-17 Prosocial Behavior 12
19-26 Group Behavior 8
2 Test 4 1-2:50
Course Description and Objectives
This course is an introduction to social psychology. The objectives of this course are to
1-describe the historical roots of social psychology and its place in history.
2-become familiar with research methods in social psychology and develop critical thinking skills for evaluating evidence for and against social psychological principles.
3-present major theoretical positions within social psychology and supporting research
4-discuss applications of social psychological knowledge
5-enjoy social psychology and see how fun it really is.
Grading: Grades will be based on attendance, 4 exams, 4 projects, and attendance: 530 points total
Exams: Each exam will be worth 100 points and consist of 50 multiple choice questions. Exams are NOT comprehensive. Anything from the book, lectures, handouts, or videos are fair game for exam questions.
Attendance: Technically, there are 30 classes (including test dates). For every day that you miss, you will be docked one point. Because of test days, this means you are getting a few freebie points. After 3 absences, excused absences will be taken into consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure the TA gets your attendance card for any day that you are present. If you are not present and send someone to submit your card for you, you both will be docked.
Projects: Each project is worth 25 points. Many of the projects require data collection or observation AND a 2 page summary. PROJECTS MUST BE TYPED and MAY NOT BE EMAILED. If you are not satisfied with your score on a project, you may do an additional project and replace the score with a new one but you must get approval from the instructor before doing so.
Extra Credit: I will be offering extra credit ONLY if there’s an opportunity that I would like you to take advantage of. Otherwise, there are NO extra credit opportunities, including the research pool. If an opportunity presents itself, there’s an extra credit deadline of April 24 (no point grubbing after April 24, either).
Make-Up Exams: students who are unable to attend class for scheduled exams must contact the instructor PRIOR to the exam to arrange a makeup exam. There is no guarantee that the makeup exam will be the same one given to the other students, nor is there a guarantee that the makeup exam will be a multiple choice exam. If you miss an exam and fail to notify me beforehand, you will receive a ZERO for that exam.
Miscellaneous: persons with special needs should see the instructor to arrange special testing or instructional conditions.
Plagiarism: taking bits of anyone’s work and calling it your own is PLAGIARISM. Plagiarizing any of your papers or projects can get you an F in the class or get you out of the university. The projects are NOT hard—do them yourself.
Week 2: The Self
The link to the powerpoint: without pictures and the old TA notes can be found here:
Study Guide for Test #1
Attitudes and persuasion
Why is there a frog in this picture?
Because I felt like putting one here.
Social Psychology Section 3: Social Influence, Attraction, and Relationships
All sorts of fun stuff and a chicken wearing a hat!
Social Psychology Section 4: Groups and Prosocial behavior
Press button, receive bacon