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PSY 333: Social Psychology and Deviance

Course Description

In this course analyzes a number of important social psychological issues, such as the reality of repressed memories, effectiveness of subliminal persuasion, whether media violence causes aggression, the power of the situation, personal characteristics and previous experience. This social psychological perspective is in turn used to critically investigate the concept of deviance: the violation of social norms. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to identify social psychology phenomena in everyday living and settings.

Prerequisites

  • PSY 101: Psychology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze competing perspectives on important social psychological issues and debates.
  2. Explain the importance of incorporating a social psychological perspective in both personal and professional endeavors.
  3. Apply social psychological concepts to cultural texts and social situations.
  4. Analyze the nature of deviance through the breaching of social norms.
  5. Communicate more effectively in collaborative online environments

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

9 Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

50%

7 Team Project Participation (Weeks 2-8)

35%

Team Project Final Report

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Goodfriend. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2018. ISBN-13: 9781259870798

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-5

Topic: Introduction

  • Readings:
    • Introduction, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions

2

1-5

Topic: Media Violence and Children
  • Readings:
    • Issue 3.1, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

3

1-5

Topic: High Self-Esteem

  • Readings:
    • Issue 3.2, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

4

1-5

Topic: Fear of Bullying

  • Readings:
    • Issue 3.3, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

5

1-5

Topic: Race Prejudice and Group Position

  • Readings:
    • Issue 5.2, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

6

1-5

Topic: Racism and American Society

  • Readings:
    • Issue 5.1, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

7

1-5

Topic: Intergroup Contact and Reducing Racism

  • Readings:
    • Issue 5.6, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology
    • Selected articles/videos in the course
  • Complete required readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments

8

1-5

Topic: Breaching Experiment Final Reports

  • Readings:
    • No readings/viewings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in the Team Assignments
  • Team Project Final Report
  • Complete and submit the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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