GUIDE 2: ISSUES IN METHODS
GUIDE 3: A SOCIAL PERCEPTION PRIMER
GUIDE 4: AFFECT AND ATTITUDES
GUIDE 5: PERSONALITY AND THE SELF
GUIDE 6: LEARNING THEORIES AND SOCIALIZATION
GUIDE 7: AN INTRODUCTION TO GROUPS
GUIDE 8: GROUP STRUCTURE & INFLUENCE
Susan Carol Losh
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
Florida State University
|Dr. Susan Carol Losh
3204 Stone Building (EPLS Suite)
850-644-4592 (EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY &
Wednesdays 3:35-6:00 P.M.
G151 Stone Building
The Stone Building is right across
the street from on the Medical School
on West Call and Murphree Streets
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY
IF YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE WITH DISABILITIES.
Social Psychology studies social interaction, social processes, and the interplay among the person, culture and society in attitudes, beliefs and socialization. This course introduces you to the many perspectives social psychologists use in our work. Social Psychology is a separate discipline which allows us the flexibility to explore substantive areas as different as pressures toward conformity, ethnic prejudice, or child and adult development. It can be applied to virtually any organization: schools; the family. the military; businesses; churches, synagogues or mosques; sports teams; and many others. The field's diversity of mid-range theories can create conceptual ambiguity, yet simultaneously Social Psychology offers us considerable insight into the individual and society, and into the human condition.
Please be patient as you encounter six
separate terms for the same concept such as social learning, or you puzzle
out "chicken and egg problems" in attitude and action.
Yes, of course I wish the field would "get it together"--but, in fact, such conceptual sloppiness is true of virtually every discipline (as I found out to my shock when I got into mathematical statistics.)
Social psychology provides the "conceptual glue" between organizations and individuals, the nuts and bolts to explain the reciprocity between social structure and the individual. More than anything else, social psychology addresses processes and sequencing: the routines of daily life such as conversations, forming impressions of people, collectivities or events, and creating and maintaining life in groups.
This semester, we'll examine basic theoretical perspectives in Social Psychology. Unfortunately we cannot swallow the entire discipline in one gulp. For example, I have somewhat less coverage of topics such as the social psychology of emotions (Dr. Turner picks up some of the slack here.) I will focus more on constructs such as "the self" or "self-efficacy" where research allows us to draw more consistent conclusions than on popular, yet conceptually murky, concepts such as "personality." I will also discuss basic methodological issues pertinent to Social Psychology, such as experimental demand and reactivity, format construction issues in questionnaires, or drawing causal inferences using more "qualitative" methods such as ethnographies.
My roles as Instructor are to facilitate and to coordinate the "big picture." For each major course section, I will discuss basic perspectives, postulated major processes, and particularly noteworthy empirical findings. I'll be calling on you, too, to discuss your experience, your readings and observations.
I recommend reading my online lectures or "course guides" at the beginning of each unit. I try to explicate some of the major themes that you will encounter in your readings, sometimes bring in some cutting edge materials (e.g., brain plasticity and social experience), some of the concepts I feel are less fruitful ("evolutionary psychology"), and some of the conflicts in the discipline.
If you would like to see more about how I apply Social Psychology, click on the VITA.
To become familiar with major conceptual perspectives in the discipline of Social Psychology, including:
Our course is WEB assisted through CourseInfo/Blackboard and the mailer systems at FSU. You must be registered for SYP5105-01 to access our site through Blackboard. To access our course, here is what to do. Go online to:
Enter your FSU ID username (USERNAME ONLY!) and password to log in. For example, I would enter "slosh" ONLY and omit the the rest. Then click on “Theories of Soc Psy” to enter our site.
If you DON'T have an FSU ID account, you will need one immediately. Go to the FSU Guide to Computing Resources website (address below). Follow the links to register online for your MyFSU account.
I will use WEB-assist for several course features:
FALL 2013: Here's
how I can be reached:
|3204 Stone Building
850-644-8778 Voice mail available
850-644-4592 Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
EMAIL IS PROBABLY THE FASTEST WAY TO REACH ME!
| NEW FSU
Office Hours: Tuesdays and
Wednesdays 2-3:30 or by appointment
You have two assignments:
prospectus: September 25
Updated prospectus: October 16
First draft: November 13
Final draft: December 11 BY NOON
|PRESENTATION||ONE completed during the November 13-December 4 period||
See the links for more information.
The links will be updated during the semester to provide more detail and
format specifications. Please complete readings according to the timetable
in this syllabus and be prepared with assignments by their due date.
I ONLY ACCEPT HARD COPY FOR ASSIGNMENTS IN CLASS ON THE DUE DATE.
EMAIL ATTACHMENTS (e.g., WORD documents)
ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
If you absolutely cannot hand your progressive paper deadlines in to me in person, here are some alternatives:
During the semester, I may ask for a copy
of your work on disk. For example, I receive copies of all presentations
Course Project (about 15 pages). Wide latitude exists for your project. You may review existing literature in an area of interest to you. You may use existing research to design a future study. Or, you can conduct a small original study or analyze data that were previously collected.* A short preliminary prospectus of your project is due September 25, an updated prospectus is due October 16. The draft of your project is due November 13 to allow revisions. The final edition of your project is due WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11 by NOON.
*Although it is possible to conduct and write up a study in a fraction of the semester, it is unlikely. That's OK. Even reviewing the literature and possibly designing a study comprise a good beginning.
Prior topics can be seen from the presentations posted to our Blackboard site as well as several prior course papers, also in Blackboard. Some students have written library research papers with topics such as academic motivation, cartoon violence, emotional intelligence, coach-player interaction, bullying, and cross-cultural differences in social cognition. Others have conducted a short survey, small experiment or observational design. Examples include observing parent-child interaction at supermarket checkouts or during games, observing conformity in the "upward gaze" experiment replication, nonverbal communication in counseling sessions and perceived counselor competence, seeing how social factors influence the return of a "lost wallet," conformity in aerobics classes, or how watching cartoons or children's comedies affects preschoolers. One advanced counseling student's Social Psychology paper won a graduate student poster prize at the 2011 American Psychological Association meetings. Last year, two students did an excellent critical review of the "Hawthorn effect". Maybe this year it will be YOUR turn to win an award or present at your professional association!
Please run your first draft (or your final draft if you don't do a first draft) through turnitin (available in Blackboard). I will need the entire turnitin receipt in hard copy along with your draft.
Don't be surprised if your first draft is a bit rocky. It absolutely happens to everyone! And the rewrites typically are spectacular!
Students often produce especially good
work when they work in teams. This is particularly true for the Course
Project . It is far easier for teams to plan and execute a small experiment,
survey, or observation in a semester's time than it is for an individual
to do so. Team presentations can also be more complex. You may choose to
work in teams for the Course Project, and we may coordinate teams on the
Presentations. I will need to know the names of all team members
on the Course Project by October 16. Using
the project prospectus, I also will alert you to possible teammates (but
the choice is yours). Even if you decide to work on your own, it is effective
to share resources with those who have similar interests.
Discussion/presentation (about 20 minutes): You will lead class discussion on your project topic. We will have facilities for Power Point but you will also need to distribute a handout summary (some students print the Power Point slides). Examples asre already posted to our WEB site in Blackboard (see the Presentations folder in the Course Documents collection).. Discussion/presentations begin on November 13 (through December 4). Traditionally, we all enjoy this part of the semester because we learn a lot from each other.
Because all presentations go into Blackboard,
if you want to use Prezi for your presentation, you'll need to transfer
each "bubble" to a pdf that we can upload there. To date we haven't been
able to pull up Prezi presentations from Blackboard.
I use plus and minus grading, throughout and for final grades.
Participation in class discussion and class attendance are a definite consideration, especially when a student is "between grades."
Adherence to principles of essay organization, and the conventions of spelling and grammar is expected and understood. I freely admit to being adamant about good writing and we will spend at least one class period on it.
The course paper MUST relate to Social Psychology. It can neither be totally intrapersonal nor totally organizational. One reason for the project "milestone" deadlines is to ensure that your topic is "on track" for this course.
I adhere to the FSU Honor Code. Plagarism is essentially STEALING someone else's work. If you harbor any doubts, several online sites check for plagarism. You can also check with me about quoting or citing someone else's research and/or writing. Plagarized assignments receive a score of 0.
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
|TOPICS, REQUIRED COURSE TEXTS AND A SIDE BAR ON SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY JOURNALS|
|WEB site navigation and
What is the field of Social Psychology?
What are some major theoretical Orientations?
Which Methods are most
commonly used in Social Psychology?
||Labor Day Holiday||University closed|
(Includes Attitudes and Attitude Measurement)
|What is Social Perception?
Self-Esteem versus Self-Efficacy
Social Learning and Socialization
|What are some differences
between "the self" and "personality?"
How does Social Perception relate to Self-Presentation and Self-Concept?
What are some basics of symbolic interactionism?
Issues in nature versus nurture
Comparing basic ideas of developmentalists versus reinforcement theorists
Types of learning theories and applications to roles and socialization
Group Influences and Interaction Processes
|What is social facilitation?
What are cohorts and aggregates? How are these entities useful and how
do they differ from "groups"? Basic group definition and properties.
What are the effects of group size? What are major sources of group influence? What are "good" and "bad" effects of group cohesion?
|SUNDAY November 3||DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS (count me if you have trouble sleeping)||Set your clocks
back one hour.
One more hour's sleep!
|MONDAY November 11||VETERAN'S DAY HOLIDAY||NO FSU CLASSES|
|November 27-29||THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY||NO FSU CLASSES|
|December 4||Applications of Social Psychology||Last day of our class|
|December 6||Last class day of the Fall semester|
Used copies of all texts MAY be available (e.g., on Amazon). Please be sure to purchase or share the stated edition of each.
CAHILL: Spencer E. Cahill, Kent Sandstrom and Carissa Froyum (editors) (2014). Inside Social Life, SEVENTHEDITION. Oxford University Press. PAPER. ISBN = 978-0-19-997811-3.This edited collection presents some classic "greats" (e.g., Cooley, Mead), more modern "greats" (e.g., Zerubavel), recent developments, and applied accounts of several course concepts. Many students really like this book and keep it long after our course is over. This book was substantially revised fromprior editions. Be sure to get the CURRENT edition.
|JOURNAL WISH LIST||
|Journal of Personality and Social Psychology||PLEASE GIVE THE JOURNAL TITLE AND BRIEFLY|
|Social Psychology Quarterly||DESCRIBE THE JOURNAL. IF A WEB SITE IS|
|Public Opinion Quarterly||AVAILABLE FOR THE JOURNAL, PLEASE INCLUDE THAT|
|Small Group Research||TOO. JUST DROP A NOTE IN THE EMAIL HERE:|
Under construction as the semester progresses.