Social Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2319-001 Social Psychology


Course Description

Study of individual behavior within the social environment. May include topics such as the socio-psychological process, attitude formation and change, interpersonal relations and group processes.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Duff, K.  (2012).  THINK SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.  Boston: Allyn Bacon (Pearson) Publishers. (PAPERBACK)

ISBN#13: 978-0-205-01354-8


  • YOU MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A WORKING COMPUTER OR BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE AC COMPUTERS DURING THE TIMES THEY ARE OPEN.  If you don't have your own computer, use AC computers. We have computers for your use in the on campus COMPUTER LABS as well as the 4th floor of the library or the Underground in the basement of the Ware Student Commons. 
  • If you need help to set up your AC CONNECT account, go to the second floor of the library and they will assist you in getting set up! If you need help you may also contact our Helpdesk at 371-5000 or email them at
  • All notes, assignments, quizzes and exams will be given online

Student Performance


  1. . Learners will gain a working knowledge as to how individuals impact social situations and groups and how situations and groups impact individual thinking, feeling and behavior.
    2. Learners will gain an understanding of how scientific methodology is applied to studying social psychology.
    3. Learners will analyze the major concepts and theories in the field of social psychology.
    4. Learners will critically and creatively analyze concepts and theories discussed in the text. Students will engage is discussions in class, as well as writing essays related to the text readings and lecture material.
    5. By the end of this course, learners will be able to apply the ideas in this class to real world social situations, such as dealing with prejudice and stereotyping, changing attitudes and behaviors through persuasive techniques (such as those used in politics and advertising), and in creating a sustainable future on our planet, as a few examples.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  • I expect you all to attend class online, participate in assignments, quizzes and exams, be prepared for class exams, and respect everyone else who is the class. You are responsible for contacting me about missed assignments. After the fact is never a good way to handle situations and I do not take make-up work. Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. This means that although the exams are online you should be doing your own work. I whole heartedly expect you to use your notes and books on all assignments and exams, you just may not use your friend or classmates. All assignments should also be completed by you. The purpose of college is to learn and if someone else does your work for you then you have learned nothing. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students’ responses within class. There will be zero tolerance for any type of harassment!! I want this to be an environment everyone can learn and feels safe!

Grading Criteria

There will be a total of 750 possible points for the semester. I do not plan on changing the amount of points possible, but please check your points often and check online often in case there is a change. If the amount of points possible changes the amount of points needed to earn a certain grade will also change. You will be able to check your grade on AC Online. To calculate your grade you will divide the number of points you have earned (usually the smaller number) by the number of possible points that you could have earned in the class (the larger number). Grading will be on the standard grade scale:

100-90% = 750-675 points and above A

89-80% = 674-600 points B

79-70% = 599-525 points C

69-60% = 524-450 points D

Below 60% = below 450 points F

The points will be earned:

400 points for exams

150 points social responsibility learning project

200 points for assignments

Total points possible: 750 points

  • 4  50 question multiple choice exams online; each exam is worth 100 points
  • The online assignments: 200 points
    • These assignments will be given within each folder unit
    • You will be required to watch some short clips and respond to question prompts
    • Each assignment needs to be answered completely with complete thoughts and sentences.
  •  100 points for social learning project
    • You are required to complete 4 hours of community service. You will need proof that you completed your hours. Your volunteer verification is worth 50 points.
    • You will answer 4 short essay questions reflecting on your experience. Question 5 will require you to read graphs and answers a few questions. This portion is worth 100 points. 


Attendance Policy:         

  • It is extremely important that you show up for class every day online. This is an 8-week online course so we move through topics/chapters every day.  If you miss any due date you will possibly miss an entire chapter of material and that could be very damaging to your grade. Please check online for updates and assignment due dates. If you miss an announcement or due date it will hurt your grade. I understand things do come up so please contact me as soon as possible so that we can work something out. Contacting me after the fact leaves little room for me to help you and I do not take late work or make-up work.


  Date                                                   Lesson/Lecture/ Assignments

Monday June 5th                                 Welcome, Chapter 1: What is Social Psychology? 

Tuesday June 7th                                 Finish chapter 1

Wednesday June 8th                            What is social psychology assignment  Due Thursday June 9th  by 11:59 pm

Thursday June 9th                                What is social psychology assignment  Due Thursday June 9th  by 11:59 pm

Monday June 13th                               Chapter 2: The Science of Social Psychology

Tuesday June 14th                               Finish chapter 2

Wednesday June 15th                           Ethics of research assignment due Wednesday June 15th

Thursday June 16th                              Exam 1 opens Thursday June 16th and closes Sunday June 19th  at 11:59 pm. The exam will cover chapters 1 & 2. 50 multiple choice questions. Once you open the exam you will need to complete it. If you lose connection or close the exam your grade will submit. Please email me as soon as possible with any problems. If you decide to wait until 10:00pm on Sunday night to take exam it might be too late for me to help if you run into problems. 

Monday June 20th                               Chapter 3: Social Cognition 

Tuesday June 21st                               Chapter 4: The Self   

Wednesday June 22nd                         Assignment #1 Shallow Hal clip and how it relates to social cognition and the self. Due Thursday June 23rd  by 11:59 pm.

Thursday June 23rd                             Assignment due today

Monday June 27th                               Chapter 5: Social Perception 

Tuesday June 28th                                Finish chapter 5

Wednesday June 29th                          Detecting a lie assignment due Wednesday June 29th at 11:59 pm

Thursday June 30th                                       Exam 2 opens Thursday June 30th and closes Sunday July 3rd at 11:59 pm. This exam will cover chapter 3-5. 50 multiple choice questions. Once you open the exam you will need to complete it. If you lose connection or close the exam your grade will submit. Please email me as soon as possible with any problems. If you decide to wait until 10:00pm on Sunday night to take exam it might be too late for me to help if you run into problems.

Monday July 4th                                  HAPPY 4TH!!                         

Tuesday July 5th                                  Chapter 6: Attitudes

Chapter 7: Power of Persuasion

Wednesday July 6th                             Chapter 8: Social Influence

Thursday July 7th                                Chapter 9: Power of the Group

Exam 3 opens Thursday July 7th and closes Sunday July 10th at 11:59 pm. This exam will cover chapter 6-9. 50 multiple choice questions. Once you open the exam you will need to complete it. If you lose connection or close the exam your grade will submit. Please email me as soon as possible with any problems. If you decide to wait until 10:00pm on Sunday night to take exam it might be too late for me to help if you run into problems.

Monday July 11th                                Chapter 10: Prejudice, Stereotyping and discrimination

Social Leaning Project due July 11th by 11:59 pm

Tuesday July 12th                                Chapter 11:  Aggression

Wednesday July 13th                           Assignment #2 Crash scenes: illustration of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and aggression.  Due Thursday July 14th  at 11:59 pm.

Thursday July 14th                              Crash assignment due

Monday July 18th                                Chapter 12: Attraction and Close Relationships

Tuesday July 19th                                Chapter 13: Prosocial Behavior 

Wednesday July 20th                           Helping assignment due Wednesday July 20th at 11:59 pm

Thursday July 21st                               Exam 4 opens Thursday July 21st and closes Monday July 25th at 11:59 pm. This exam covers chapters 10-13. 50 multiple choice questions. Once you open the exam you will need to complete it. If you lose connection or close the exam your grade will submit. Please email me as soon as possible with any problems. If you decide to wait until 10:00pm on Monday night to take exam it might be too late for me to help if you run into problems.

Good luck on all your finals!!Have a great rest of your Summer!

Additional Information

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  • If you email me from within the class, when I respond it will send the email to your Gmail account. If you do not check your Gmail account make sure to email me from the email address you do check. Make sure to let me know what class you are enrolled in.
  • I do not hold office hours during the summer, but if you feel we need to meet we can set up and appointment

Syllabus Created on:

05/18/21 12:58 PM

Last Edited on:

05/11/22 12:16 PM