Instructor: Dr. Jon Mueller
Office: WSC 118
Office Hours: Virtual TBA
Phone: 637-5329

Text: Myers & Twenge Social Psychology (13th ed.)



1. that you develop a thorough grasp of many of the course concepts, including an understanding of and appreciation for the manner in which the concepts are interrelated and can be meaningfully applied to the real world;

2. that your further develop your ability to view and interpret the world from a scientific perspective;

3. that you further develop your written and oral communication skills.


To promote the goals listed above, you will be provided with numerous opportunities to reflect upon, apply, discuss and communicate about the concepts of social psychology. Class time will follow a lecture/discussion format.



Partner Project (100 points): With a partner, you will use course concepts to develop several realistic strategies to address a particular social problem. Each pair will turn in a single paper. The paper should 1) clearly and in detail describe the strategies you have developed, and 2) provide a rationale for your strategies using course concepts. (More details are provided under Assignments.)

Research Summary Paper (60 points): To learn how to read, apply and communicate about psychological research, you will be assigned a research article summary paper worth 60 points. (More details are provided under Assignments.) You can rewrite this paper up to two times to give you more practice in reading and summarizing an article. You will receive the highest grade of all the drafts.

Exams (300 points): Three exams, each worth 100 points, will be administered during the semester to cover assigned readings as well as class lecture/discussion.

Journal (60 points): Additionally, you are to keep a journal throughout the term. See the Assignments page for more details and for sample journal entries.

Homework Assignments (40 points): Additionally, I will require you to complete 12 brief assignments in or outside of class. For these assignments, I will simply be looking to see if you put a "good faith effort" into answering the questions. If you did I will put a (+) on your paper; if not, I will give it a (-). If you receive at least 11 plusses on the brief assignments you will receive the full 40 points. If you receive 10 plusses, you will earn 32 points. If you receive 9 plusses you will earn 24 points. If you receive 8 plusses you will earn 16 points. If you receive fewer than 8 plusses on the brief assignments you will earn 0 points. The brief assignments will be due by the beginning of that class period. Assignments must be typed.

Given that there will be only two lectures sessions per week (at least that is the plan for now!), I will also ask you to participate asynchronously each week through at least 3 "contributions." Those contributions could include Blackboard discussion board posts, practice assignments, ungraded quizzes, etc. All of these contributions will be ungraded, but you will lose 5 points each week if you do not complete at least 3 satisfactory contributions. A contribution will be judged to be satisfactory if it appears you put a good faith effort into it.

Thus, you can accumulate a total of 560 points in this course and will be graded on the following scale:

A = 93% 520 pts. and above excellent performance
A- = 90% 504 pts. and above
B+ = 87% 487 pts. and above very good performance
B = 83% 464 pts. and above
B- = 80% 448 pts. and above
C+ = 77% 431 pts. and above good performance
C = 73% 408 pts. and above
C- = 70% 392 pts. and above
D = 60% 336 pts. and above adequate performance
F = < 60% under 336 pts. less than adequate

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