Instructor: Dr. Jon Mueller
Office: WSC 118
Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 MWF
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 primarily follow a lecture/discussion format.


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.

Social Psychology Demonstration (60 points): In pairs, you will investigate a social psychological phenomenon in the real world. You will teach the concept to the class and report your findings in a SHORT presentation (20 points). You will also write a short paper describing what you did and linking it to reading in the text (40 points). Everyone will be assigned a demo by the end of Week 2. Each member of the pair will receive the same grade on the presentation and the paper. See Assignments for more details.

Exams (300 points): Three exams, each worth 100 points, will be administered during the term 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.

Thus, you can accumulate a total of 520 points in this course and will be graded on the following scale:

Paper 1 @ 60 = 60 pts. A = 93% 483 pts. and above excellent performance

A- = 90% 468 pts. and above
Exams 3 @ 100 pts. = 300 pts. B+ = 87% 452 pts. and above very good performance

B = 83% 431 pts. and above
Journal 1 @ 60 pts. = 60 pts. B- = 80% 416 pts. and above

C+ = 77% 400 pts. and above good performance
Demonstration 1 @ 60 pts. = 60 pts. C = 73% 379 pts. and above

C- = 70% 364 pts. and above
Homework Assignments
40 pts.
D = 60% 312 pts. and above adequate performance
TOTAL 520 points F = < 60% under 312 pts. less than adequate

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