Paper Assignment 2


The Social Psychology of ....

I would like you to connect social psychology to something that is personally meaningful to you. As you will learn this term, social psychology is everywhere. In your journals you will be identifying a lot of such examples. But in this paper I would like you to go into more depth on a specific topic of interest. The social psychology of ... music? politics? violent video games? weight loss programs/products? beer commercials? Charles Dickens? The Amazing Race? Small towns?

There is so much social psychology to connect to most topics you will be more successful if you narrow down your focus. Are you really interested in music? Then instead of writing about the social psychology of music, focus on the social psychology of a particular performer or group, or reactions to that group, or the use of music in advertising, or how music helps shape peer interactions and friendships, or.....

A social psychology of... paper could be an application paper when you apply the course concepts to the specific topic you choose, or it could be a research paper in which you find out what we know about how the social psychology of....

Because the scope of what is possible is so large for this assignment, I would like you to narrow it down before the end of the term. So, you must submit the topic of your paper to me by the end of the sixth week of the term. Then, you must meet with me briefly (~10 minutes) sometime during the seventh or eighth week to discuss your topic. Hopefully, you will have a clear focus for your paper by then. If you do not complete the above steps I will subtract 10 points from your Paper 2 grade.

Your final paper should be between 5-10 typed, double-spaced pages.