Social Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Dutton Hall 202L

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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)

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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.
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  • 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

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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

  • Classroom 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

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 A

89-80% = 674-600 points B

79-70% = 599-525 points C

69-50% = 524-375 points D

Below 50% = below 375 points F

The points will be earned:

400 points for exams

150 points social responsibility learning project

80 points for online assignments

90 points for in class assignments

30 points for attendance

Total points possible: 750 points

  • 4 50 question multiple choice exams online; each exam is worth 100 points.
  • Attendance 30 points
  • The online assignments: 80 points
    • 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.
  • In class assignments: 90
    • We will be doing in class assignments for different chapters
  •  100 points for social learning project
    • You will be required to do have 4 hours of community service. You will get a volunteer verification signed and it will uploaded to the common assessment tab in order for you to earn 50 points.
    • You will also answer 4 short essay questions reflecting on your experience about a time you volunteered or research a place that you would like to volunteer. 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. This is an 8-week hybrid course so we move through topics/chapters every day.  If you miss class 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. We will be doing in class assignments so if you miss you will miss the assignment. 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 allow make-up exams.


Class Schedule/Outline: Instructor reserves the right to change or adjust schedule as needed.

  Date                                                   Lesson/Lecture/ Assignments

Wednesday Jan 19th                            Welcome, Chapter 1: What is Social Psychology?  

Monday Jan. 24th                                Finish Chapter 1 and start Chapter 2: The Science of Social Psychology

Wednesday Jan  26th                           Finish Chapter 2

Exam 1 opens Thursday Jan. 27thand closes Sunday Jan 30th   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 Jan 31st                                  Chapter 3: Social Cognition  

Assignment #1 Shallow Hal clip and how it relates to social cognition and the self. Due Wednesday Feb 2nd  by 11:59 pm.

Wednesday Feb 2nd                             Chapter 4: The Self   

Monday Feb 7th                                   Chapter 5: Social Perception 

Wednesday Feb 9th                             Finish chapter 5

 Exam 2 opens Thursday Feb 10th  and closes Sunday Nov. 13th 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 Feb 14th                                 Chapter 6: Attitudes

                                                            Chapter 7: Power of Persuasion

Wednesday Feb 167th                                     Chapter 8: Social Influence

                                                            Chapter 9: Power of the Group

 Exam 3 opens Thursday Feb 17th  and closes Sunday 20th   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 Feb 21st                                 Chapter 10: Prejudice, Stereotyping and discrimination

Chapter 11:  Aggression

Assignment #2 Crash scenes: illustration of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and aggression.  Due Wednesday Feb 23rd  at 11:59 pm.

Wednesday Feb 23rd                           Chapter 12: Attraction and Close Relationships

Social Leaning Project due Wednesday Feb 23rd  by 11:59 pm.

Monday Feb. 28th                                Chapter 13: Prosocial Behavior 

Wednesday March 2nd                        In class assignment over chapter 13

Monday March 7th  & Wednesday March 9th  Finals week               

Exam 4 opens Thursday March 3rd and closes Wednesday March 9th 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 Wednesday  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 Spring Break.

Additional Information

Office hours:                     

  • I hold office hours in Dutton 202L 8:00 am-8:50 am. If this time does not work for you, then we can set-up an appointment that will work for both of us.
  •  The best way to reach me is by email:
  • 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.
  • Most issues can be resolved before or after class.

Syllabus Created on:

12/09/21 12:49 PM

Last Edited on:

12/09/21 12:52 PM