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2021 Spring


Angel Hoekstra
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Here is the course outline:

1. Introducing Social Psychology I

Feb 11

Description: Introductions, Syllabus, Learning goals; Break Introduction to basic concepts (agency, culture, structure, institutions; psychological vs. sociological analysis, social psychology); Break VIDEO clip: What is social psychology? (5 minutes:, Discuss course assignments & letter to the instructor, due next time Handouts: Syllabus; Letter to the Instructor handout

2. Introducing Social Psychology II

Feb 18

Description: Lecture: “What is the Self?” & create a self-schema diagram Lecture: Introduction to Social Construction theory; Break More key concepts: ethnocentrism & cultural relativism; Lecture: Mills and the Sociological Imagination; Break Finish syllabus, ask Qs & discuss technology use in this class Readings: Shulman & Hewitt, Chapter 1: pgs. 1-9 C. W. Mills, The Promise of Sociology (All readings are on NEO) Assignments/deadlines: Letter to Instructor Due online in NEO

3. Theoretical Approaches

Feb 25

Description: Lecture: Basics of Social Psychology (Myers), Introduction to Symbolic Interactionism & Major Tenets (Hewitt); Break Theoretical Approaches in PSP vs. SSP; Application: Levels of analysis Readings: Shulman & Hewitt, Chapter 1: pgs. 22-30 Myers, Chapter 1: pgs. 3-15 (stop at “I knew it…”) Handout: Levels of Analysis handout

4. Theory & Research in Social Psychology

Mar 04

Description: Lecture: How is research done in Social Psychology? Experimental vs. Ethnographic research VIDEO: Lab Experiments: Critical Social Psychology (8 minutes:; Break Methods lecture: Correlation vs. Causation, Experiments, Ethics, Break VIDEO: 5 Psychology Experiments You Couldn’t Do Today (11 minutes:; Discuss components of research paper assignment, interviews Readings: Myers, Chapter 1: pgs. 19.5 – 33 Kvale, Qualitative research interviewing, pgs. 1-16 Assignment: Begin reviewing for Quiz 1, next class

5. Quiz 1 & Begin designing your research project

Mar 11

Online in TEAMS to take attendance, discuss quiz structure QUIZ 1 (MC, T/F, & Fill in the blank questions) online on NEO After Quiz 1: Begin designing your research project, ask Qs by email Reading: Kvale, Qualitative research interviewing, pgs. 27-37 Assignments: QUIZ 1 (all material from classes 1-4) Write draft of interview question set, due next class

6. Key Concepts in Symbolic Interactionism

Mar 18

Description: Lecture: History of Identity Development in Europe & North America; Lecture: Significant Symbols, Writing Workshop I, Break Lecture: Social Objects; Activity: Cell Phone Exercise; Break Workshop time: Discuss research projects, ask Qs, get clarification on research project assignment parameters, writing informed consent form Reading: Hewitt, Chap. 2 (pgs. 35-69) Handout: Writing Workshop I Assignments: Upload a first draft of the interview question set you will use in your project, due in NEO by 25 March, before class

7. The Self in the Social World

Mar 25

Description: Lecture: Self-Concept, Social Self, Self & Culture, Break Perceived Self-Control, Learned Helplessness, Self-Presentation; Break Discuss writing your informed consent form for your research, ask Qs Reading: Myers, Chapter 2 (pgs. 38-74) Assignments: Draft of informed consent form, due in NEO by 01 April

8. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Apr 01

Description: Lecture: Introduction to Goffman, Definition of the Situation VIDEO: Erving Goffman, the Performed Self & Class Discussion, Break (2 minutes; Activity: Application of Goffman’s theoretical ideas in video clip analysis: Film clips from The Devil Wears Prada; Complete learning goal evaluations Reading: PDF, Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self, pgs. 1-16 Handout: Learning Goal Evaluations

9. Spring Break - No class

Apr 08

Enjoy your break :-)

10. Social Beliefs and Judgments

Apr 15

Description: Lecture: Attributing Causality, The Fundamental Attribution Error, Persuasion, Judging Others, Self-Fulfilling Beliefs, Break VIDEO: Social Thinking, Crash Course Psychology #37 (11 minutes: Class discussion: The Stanford Prison Experiment Reading: Myers, Chapter 3 (pgs. 77-124) Assignment: Begin reviewing for Quiz 2, next class Begin conducting research interviews for your project

11. Quiz 1 & Continue working on your research project

Apr 22

Quiz 2 (All material from second part of the course, March 18-April 15)

12. Attraction & Intimacy: Liking & Loving Others

Apr 29

Description: Lecture: Friendships, Physical Attractiveness, Attribution, Gaining another’s esteem; Writing Workshop II (citations); Break Lecture: Passionate love and married love, Cultural differences in Arranged vs. Love Marriages; Class Discussion: Rewards of Relationships Reading: Myers, Chapter 10 (pgs. 427-463) Assignment: Continue conducting research interviews for your project

13. Self, the Physical body, Deviance and Drug Use

May 06

Description: Lecture: Self & the Physical Body, Short Writing Exercise: Relationship to your own physical body as it affects you as a self; Break Lecture: Deviance, Ethanol, and effects of alcohol use for identity Group discussion of norms for alcohol use across countries; Break Lecture: Marijuana & social norms for use across cultures (Becker) Reading: Becker (1953, PDF on NEO) “Becoming a Marihuana User” Assignment: Finish conducting interviews (3 required, see assignment)

14. Application of theories and methods to your research data

May 13

Description: Begin reviewing your data/findings from interviews, ask Qs about how to incorporate course readings/concepts/themes into your project, Break; Writing Workshop III: Re-read the research interview project instructions together on NEO… Discuss how to include quotes from interviewees, how to cite and create a bibliography Complete faculty course evaluations on NEO Review for the final exam Assignment: Submit your final research paper to NEO by May 20, 11:00

15. Course wrap-up & Final exam

May 20

Description: Discuss course overall… Which components worked well, What might be changed?  Break Short, informal student presentations of research questions & results; Final Exam Closing Letter to Instructor due on Monday, May 24 Final exam structure (MC, T/F, & Fill-in-the-blank questions) 40% of the final exam covers the material since quiz 2 60% is a cumulative review of all key terms, concepts, theories

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