should you write about in your journal? Social psychology deals with
a number of phenomena that occur frequently in your life and around
you. The more you look for these phenomena the more you will see them
and see how they affect your life. Moreover, the more you identify
them the better understanding you will have of the concepts we are
discussing in class or that are mentioned in the text. Thus, the primary
focus of your journal should be identifying examples of the
phenomena we discuss in class. Additionally, I would like you to reflect
upon some of these observations. For example, what does it say
about how you (or people) interact with others? What does it suggest
about our motives? How does it relate to other observations you have
made, either in the journal or prior to it? Do you see patterns emerging?
Can you see more than one concept in a single example?
of the nature of the journal, I will not require it to be as well
organized a presentation as your other writing assignments. Rather,
a stream of consciousness may be more appropriate. Some of you may
record observations as they occur. Others may take brief notes along
the way and reflect on them after a couple of days. Although I will
not evaluate the overall organization of the paragraphs, I will look
within each paragraph for good writing skills. Because it may take
a while to get a feel for what to write about and some weeks you may
just make more observations, unevenness in quantity is understandable.
On the days the journal is due you will hand in everything you have
written in your journal during the term so far. I will return those
pages as soon as possible. The journal does not have to be typed,
but must be neat and legible. Write or type on only one side of the
paper. I will not assign a grade to the journal until it is complete,
but I will give you plenty of feedback along the way. On the average,
you should write 1.5 pages a week (for a total of 15 pages for the
term). The journal will be worth 60 points.