variable (WebCT online course)
This is a general survey course designed to introduce the student to concepts of and issues examined by Social Psychology.
1. Weekly Participation:
Weekly Participation is worth 72 points (6 points for each of 12 chapters). I will post one to three questions for each chapter. I want actual dialogue here rather than simply responding by saying “I agree” or “I disagree.” I want to see some thought put into your responses and some evidence of support for what you say. Please remember to be civil…..(define this…no cursing, don’t put someone down, provide each other with an open environment for discussing and disagreement, but be careful of the manner in which you do so). I will post discussion questions for each chapter (sometimes I do this a couple weeks in advance for those who read ahead and like to post in advance, or so that students know what questions will have to be answered as they’re reading the chapter). Discussion will close at 11:00 pm each Sunday night for each chapter. If you post after that, it won’t count for you. You are to post YOUR initial response to the questions BY FRIDAY EVENING AT 11:00 PM. This gives everyone the weekend (through Sunday night at 11:00) to respond to the postings of at least 3 (THREE) other students. (see below for policy on grading weekly participation).
There are 4 multiple choice exams; each worth 100 points
3. Current Event Article:
Current Event Article (worth 28 points). You are required to find a current event article (from New York Times, Newsweek, Time etc.) that you can analyze in terms of something social psychological, something you have learned from this course. I want you to summarize this article in 1 to 2 pages (or more if necessary). Be sure it is thoroughly analyzed by integrating material from the text and telling how they relate to the issue(s) in the article. You may apply one or more concepts from social psychology. You must have the title of the article as well as the name of the magazine or newspaper from which it appears, and the date. It can’t be any older than one year. There is a heading for where this is to be posted, under the discussion link. Please also note that two people can’t post over the same article, so you need to notice what articles others are using to make certain you haven’t chosen the same one. If you post over an article that someone else has used, you will not receive credit for it, so be careful. Everyone is required to read the current event posting of at least one other classmate and make suggestions for how it can be improved or comment on how you see it might be relevant to other material in the text. This is due BEFORE Nov 27th---This gives you through Friday, Dec. 3rd to comment on at least one other current event posting. Dec. 3rd is the last day of classes.
Since this is a webCT course, exams are taken online. For the final exam, I'll leave the exam open from Dec. 4th at 8:00 am through Dec. 7th (Tuesday) at 11 PM.
Students will not receive credit for turning in assignments late or posting late. Nor will they receive credit for reading the postings of fellow classmates after the chapter discussion closes.
I may drop a student for missing more than one week of participation, or for not reading the postings of classmates. A student with an excused reason may take a makeup exam when an exam has been missed, but will have 10 points deducted from the score. A student who misses two exams will need to drop the course, or receive an F for the course.
GRADING for Participation:
The chapter discussions are graded according to the following:
Plus 2 for posting your initial posting by due date at 11 pm *and* for responding to the postings of your classmates by Sunday night (11 PM)
Plus 2 for reading at least 4/5 (four fifths) of the postings of your classmates by 11 pm Sunday (when the chapter topic closes)
Plus 2 for posting such that it is evident that you are drawing from material that you have read for the current chapter (quality). Note: if you don’t do the required postings and responses, then there won’t be much quality for me to interpret either, so you’ll miss points for both (posting on time and quality).