PSYC 231 (A01) - Social Psychology - Stinson

PSYC 231 (A01) - Social Psychology - Stinson
Social Psychology
Psychology 231 (A01), Fall 2015
Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00pm to 2:20pm
HHB 105
Instructor: Dr. Danu Stinson, Department of Psychology
Office: Cornett A262
Phone: 250-721-6281
Office Hours: Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm or by appointment
E-mail: [email protected]
Teaching Assistant: Jamie Knight
Office: Cornett 335C (find COR 335 and go through the door, 335C is in there)
Office Hours: Mondays at 2:30-3:00 and Tuesdays at 4:00- 4:30, or by appointment
E-mail: [email protected]
Contacting the Professor:
Please come to my office hours or contact me at my UVic account. Please do not contact me
through CourseSpaces. You must include “PSYC 231” in the subject line of your e-mail for me
to respond in a timely manner. Make sure you put your name and student number at the end of
your message. Please see the last page of this syllabus for additional important email guidelines.
Myers, Spencer, & Jordan, Social Psychology, Sixth Canadian Edition.
 Students often ask if they can use an older version of the text. All I can tell you is that the
exams and lectures are based on the sixth edition. It is up to students to decide how to
proceed on the basis of this information.
Important Websites:
Course Overview:
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to research and theories within the field of social
psychology. Topics include: prejudice, stereotyping, attraction, attitudes, the self, self-esteem,
prosocial behavior, persuasion, and others. The textbook is broad and general, while the lectures
will tend to cover more specific issues, especially recent experimental and theoretical
The pre-requisites for this course are PSYC 100A & 100B. Students who remain in courses for
which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own risk. Students who complete courses
without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to complete the prerequisite course(s) at
some later time if such courses are required for the degree program. Students are responsible for
checking their registration status by the add/drop deadline.
Course Drop Deadline:
The last day for dropping a course with a 100% fee reduction is September 22nd. It is your
responsibility to check your registration status by the drop deadline to ensure that you are
registered only in courses that you have been attending.
Course Experience Survey:
I value your feedback on this course. Near the end of term, you will have an opportunity to
complete an anonymous Course Experiences Survey (CES) regarding your learning experience
in this class. The CES provides vital information that I will use to improve future courses. The
survey will also be used by the Department of Psychology to evaluate my performance as an
instructor. I will not receive the results until after I have submitted marks for this course.
Responses are anonymous unless you choose to say things in optional open-ended comments that
identify you (which I do not recommend).
The more students complete the survey, the more meaningful and informative the results. Please
ensure that your current email address is listed on MyPage ( ). In the final
two weeks of the term, an email will be sent inviting you to complete the CES online. But please
wait and complete the CES in class on Thursday 26 November. I will set aside approximately 15
minutes at the beginning of class that day for students to complete the CES. We will do the CES
in class because doing so increases the percentage of students who complete the survey
compared to when students are asked to complete it on their own time. I will remind you of the
date about a week in advance, via an announcement in class and/or via an email announcement.
You will need your UVic netlink ID to access the survey via a laptop, tablet, or mobile device; if
you do not own such a device then please try to borrow one for that class session. If you do not
complete the CES during that class, you can complete it at a time of your choosing during the
last two weeks of classes.
Research Participation or Research Summaries – 5%
Anti-Violence Project Consent Workshop or Mini-Paper – 2%
Exams – 93%
In determining your final letter grade, the final percentage is rounded such that marks ending in
0.49 or lower are rounded down and marks ending in 0.50 and up are rounded up. For example,
79.1 is rounded to 79 and 79.6 is rounded to 80.
a) Final Grades: Final grades are final. An error in calculating the final grade is the only
reason that a grade will be adjusted. I feel the pain of all students who earn a final
percentage that comes “so close” to the next rung on the grade ladder, but that pain is not
a good reason for me to adjust your mark. I am firm on this policy: I will not increase your
grade at the end of the term just because it is close to a cutoff, nor will I help you mine for
marks in previously graded material.
Specific Requirements
Students are responsible for reading the textbook chapters listed in the proposed schedule of
classes, below, and the three journal articles listed here. Journal articles will be available on
CourseSpaces. If you have trouble reading the journal articles, please talk to your TA for
A. Stinson, D.A. & Fisher, A.N. (in press). Self-Esteem and Health. To appear in K. Sweeney
and M.L. Robbins (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. New York: John
Wiley & Sons Inc.
B. Miller, D. I., Eagly, A. H., & Linn, M. C. (2014, October 20). Women’s Representation in
Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes: Evidence From 66 Nations.
Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication.
C. Logel, C., Stinson, D.A., & Brochu, P.M. (2015). Weight loss is not the answer: A wellbeing solution to the “obesity problem.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
(Trigger warning: dieting, weight-loss, health; please see me if you require
Research Participation or Research Summaries (5%):
You have the option of either participating in psychology studies through the Research
Participation Pool, or completing short journal article reviews, for a total of 5% of your grade.
This is not a bonus or optional part of your grade like in some other classes. See
CourseSpaces or the last two pages of this syllabus for more information. NOTE: If you choose
to use research credits for this course requirement, pay special attention to the fact that 2 SONA
credits = 1% towards your grade. So you need 10 SONA credits to receive full course marks on
this component based on research participation.
Anti-Violence Project Consent Workshop or Mini-Paper (2%; Trigger warning: sex, sexual
assault, sexual consent; please see me if you require accommodation)
Power, privilege, consent, gender, and interpersonal relationships are all central themes of our
course. In keeping with these foci, students will have the opportunity to take part in either the
Anti-Violence Project Consent Workshop or write a Mini-Paper and sexual consent.
A) Anti-Violence Project Consent Workshop. The AVP consent workshop is intended to
provide folks with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice
consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics that folks can expect to
engage in will include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), genderbased violence, safer spaces, sex positivity, power, and privilege. Through activities,
discussion, and media, the workshop offers a chance for us to talk about all the ways we
can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.
Our consent workshop is 2 hours long and will be held at the University of Victoria.
These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have
a no late-comer policy. Please note
that if you plan to take this workshop, register right away to make sure you secure your
B) Mini-Paper. Students will be asked to read one academic journal article and two media
articles about sexual consent, and then write a one page thought paper concerning those
readings. Your thought paper is an opportunity for you to describe your reactions to the
readings, critique one or two points, or raise new questions. Please see the handout posted
on CourseSpaces for more information about how to approach this thought paper
assignment, specifically, your critique of the research paper. This paper is to be no more
than one page (3/4 inch margins, double-spaced, standard Times New Roman 12pt font).
Papers that use larger fonts or margins to “cheat” the length or go past the page limit will
receive a mark of zero. The assignment is due Monday, December 7th at Noon: Please
submit the assignment by noon in the drop box on CourseSpaces. Papers will not be
accepted by email or in hard copy. Your thought paper will be marked on a three-point
scale (2 = Excellent; 1 = Satisfactory; 0 = Unsatisfactory). Late Assignments: No late
assignments will be accepted. At 12:00pm (noon) on December 7th the drop box on
CourseSpaces will close. Any assignments not yet submitted will receive a mark of zero.
There will be no exceptions to this policy, except for students who obtain written,
verifiable evidence of medical problems or other extreme circumstances, and who inform
me of these issues in advance. Emergency situations do of course happen, and we will
handle each of these on a case-by-case basis.
There will be three in-class exams worth a total of 93% of your final grade. Exams are not
cumulative. Exams 1 and 2 are each worth 39%, and Exam 3 is worth 15%. Each exam will
cover all material from the text, videos, and lectures for the relevant period of time. Exams will
include multiple choice questions and a few very short answer questions.
a) Missing Exams: I expect all students to be present for exams. There will be no option to
re-write a missed exam. If you see a exam date that poses a conflict to your schedule,
contact me in person or via e-mail ([email protected]) well in advance of the exam date to
discuss your circumstances. If illness or personal emergency prevents you from attending
an exam, contact me within 1 day of the missed exam (either in person or via e-mail) to
request consideration for the alternative exam score (described below). If you do not make
contact within 1 day of the missed exam, you will receive a score of zero for the missed
exam. In the event that illness or injury prevents you from contacting me in a timely
manner, you will be asked to provide supporting documentation from a health care
professional. Any students who miss a exam without making prior arrangements and
without providing documented justification will receive a mark of zero for that exam.
There will be no exceptions to this policy.
b) Alternative Exam Score: If a student misses an exam and can provide written, verifiable
evidence of medical problems or other extreme circumstances, then with my permission, a
mark for their missed exam will be generated based on their other two exam scores. For
example, if a student missed Exam 2, then the recorded mark for Exam 2 would be the
average of their scores on Exams 1 and 3. The chance to generate a missed exams score
from your remaining exams is only available once; if you miss two exams, you will
receive a zero for the second missed exam and that zero will be included in the calculation
of your first missed exam score. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
c) Optional Final Exam: If you would like to increase your grade or have missed a exam
without documentation, you have the option to write the final exam. The final exam will
replace your lowest exam grade. If your final exam grade is lower than your exam grades,
it will not replace any of your marks. The final exam will be cumulative, covering all the
text, lecture, and readings from the course. It will be entirely multiple-choice. Please note
that the optional final exam score will NOT be used to generate an alternative exam score
– it will replace the lowest missed exam score but the alternative exam score would
remain unchanged.
Additional Information:
1) CourseSpaces: Please regularly visit the class website on CourseSpaces. I will post
announcements, grades, etc. I will post my lecture slides by 9pm the day before each lecture
to help you with your note-taking. Lectures will be paced based on the assumption that you
have printed the slides and brought them to class with you. The slides will not replace class
attendance. As you will see, my slides provide an outline and you will need to take notes to
supplement their content.
2) Attendance: To succeed, attend 100% of the lectures. I will present a great deal of material
not covered in your textbook and expand on important points in the text.
3) Viewing your exams: Exams will not be returned to students. Students who wish to see their
exams should visit our TA during their office hours (or by appointment).
4) Grade Appeals: If you feel strongly that your grade on an exam or written assignment was
unfair or mistaken, you must express that concern to me via email or in person during my
office hours (NOT before or after class) within one week of the date that the grade was first
posted on CourseSpaces.
5) Medical or Metal Health Note Policy: If you need to provide written, verifiable evidence of
medical or mental health problems that affected your ability to complete course work on
time, I will only accept notes from the UVic Health Services or UVic Counseling Services. I
will not accept notes from your family doctor, or a doctor at another drop in clinic.
Exceptional situations do of course happen, and we will handle each of these on a case-bycase basis.
UVic Counseling Services:
UVic Health Services:
6) Cell phone policy: Ringing cell phones are a disruption during lecture, as is leaving the room
to accept a cell phone call during class (even if the ringer is off). Cell phones must be turned
off during lectures.
Proposed Schedule of Classes
Sept 10
Sept 14
Sept 17
Sept 21
Sept 24
Sept 28
Oct 01
Oct 05
Oct 08
Oct 12
Oct 15
Oct 19
Oct 22
Oct 26
Oct 29
Nov 02
Nov 05
Nov 09
Nov 12
Nov 16
Nov 19
Nov 23
Nov 26
Nov 30
Dec 03
Introducing Social Psychology I
Introducing Social Psychology II
The Self in a Social World I: The Self
The Self in a Social World II: Self-Esteem
Class Cancelled
The Self in a Social World III: Culture
Video: “One Big Hapa Family”
The Self in a Social World III: Gender
Social Beliefs and Judgments
Class Cancelled, Thanksgiving
Behavior and Attitudes
Group Influence
Class Cancelled, Reading Break
Attraction and Intimacy I
Attraction and Intimacy II
Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination I
Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination II
Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination III
Dec 7
--Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Article A
Article B
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapters11 &12
Article C
Participation in Psychology Research:
Guidelines for Psychology 231(A01), Fall 2015
Experiential learning is considered an integral part of the undergraduate program in Psychology.
Participation in research is one example of this. A number of undergraduate courses have been
expanded to include opportunities for Psychology students to volunteer as research participants
enabling them to learn first-hand about psychology research and related concepts. Many students
report that participation in research is both an educational and interesting experience.
Because experiential learning is highly valued in the Department of Psychology and is part of
this course, student participants may earn up to 5% towards their final mark in Psychology 231
by participating in Psychology studies conducted by students and faculty in the Department of
Psychology. Each 30 minutes of participation will earn 1 SONA participation credit, and two
SONA participation credits are required to earn a 1% contribution towards your grade in PSYC
231. Thus, to earn their full 5% for Research Participation in PSYC 231, students need to earn 10
SONA participation credits. Researchers will record students’ participation and will advise the
course instructor of the total SONA credits earned by each student at the end of the term.
Students who do not wish to participate in research may choose an alternative approach to
completing this assignment; this is explained below in “Alternative to participating in research”.
Please note that all Psychology studies have undergone prior ethics review and clearance through
the Office of Research Ethics.
Educational focus of participation in research
To maximize the educational benefits of participating in research, students will receive feedback
information following their participation in each study detailing the following elements:
Purpose or objectives of the study
Dependent and independent variables
Expected results
References for at least two related research articles
Provisions to ensure confidentiality of data
Contact information of the researcher should the student have further questions about the
Contact information for the Director of the Office of Research Ethics should the student
wish to learn more about the general ethical issues surrounding research with human
participants, or specific questions or concerns about the study in which she/he
How do I sign up?
For details on participating in research studies, go to the Department of Psychology Research
Participation Pool website:
When should I sign up?
Right away, the sooner the better!!! You should try to spread your participation out over the
term, if you wait until the last possible day then there may not be studies available to you. The
last day to participate for credit is the last day of term, December 4.
Where can I get more information, instructions, help with login problems etc?
Research Participation Coordinator:
[email protected]
SONA system website:
Alternative to participating in research
Students are not required to participate in research, and not all students wish to do so. As an
alternative to participation in research, students may submit short reviews (1 page double spaced,
12 pt. times New Roman font, ¾ inch margins) of journal articles from approved journals (see
list below). Each article review counts as one percentage point and will be marked on a pass/fail
basis. To receive credit, you must follow specific guidelines. The review must:
 Be submitted on CourseSpaces by noon on December 7th. Late submissions will not
be accepted under any circumstances. E-mail submission will not be accepted
 Be typed using 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, ¾ inch margins, no
longer or much shorter than one page.
 Be on articles from the following journals: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality
 Fully identify the title, author(s), source and date of the article. An electronic link to your
article must be included in your submission.
 Summarize the hypotheses of the research, as well as the methods used to test the
hypotheses. Identify the independent and dependent variables. Identify the psychological
concepts in the article and indicate the pages in our textbook that discuss the concepts.
Finally, critically evaluate the results of the study. Do you agree with their findings? Why
or why not? Provide evidence from the text or lecture to support your conclusions.
 Keep a copy of your review in the unlikely event we misplace the original.
Students may complete any combination of a) participation in research or b) article reviews up to
a total of 5% contribution towards their final grade.
Guidelines Regarding the Use of Email to Contact Your Professor and Teaching Assistant1
Although email can be very useful for some purposes, it can be problematic in a course where there are
over 100 students. Unrestricted use of email to pose questions and ask for information could overwhelm
the limited resources that TAs and instructors have to answer such emailed requests. In order to deal with
the potential problems of unrestricted email requests, please use the following guidelines:
Please feel free to use email to:
 Notify the instructor or TA that you will have to miss an exam for documented medical or family
emergency reasons.
 Ask a simple, short question, that is not answered in the syllabus.
 Make a comment about course material that you might think of after class, for example., "I was
thinking about an application of the Big Five that you mentioned in class, and I wondered if ...". I
am generally very happy to receive such comments. However, if you do send such comments,
please be aware that you may not receive a reply - I may respond in class during the next lecture,
or perhaps will simply note your comment without responding.
 Make a comment about something you liked or think could be improved about the course. If the
latter is the case, then please be aware that specific, constructive comments are much more
effective than general ones.
Please do not use email to:
 Request information about a mark (assignment, exam, final grade or bonus point). This
information is posted on CourseSpaces, and you are expected to access your marks and final
grade there. If there is a problem or discrepancy, please talk directly to the instructor.
 Ask the instructor or TA to send information via email from missed classes.
 Request information about why you received a particular mark or grade. Please go to the
Professor’s or Teaching Assistant’s office during her/his office hours with such questions. These
kinds of questions often require a reciprocal interaction that is not efficiently carried out via
 Ask for advice on improving your study techniques. This also requires a reciprocal in person
 Ask any question that cannot be answered in a sentence or two.
 Ask any questions that are answered in the syllabus.
These guidelines are based on the understanding that Psych 231 is not a distance education course.
Students are expected to be available to attend all classes, to ask questions or make comments both during
and after classes, and to visit the TA and instructor during office hours if they have additional questions.
(This is a friendlier, more humane way to learn, anyway!). If you do send emails from the "Don't" list
above, please be aware, that you may receive no email reply, and you should ask your question or make
your comment after class or during office hours. Finally, please use the Uvic email system, not
CourseSpaces email to communicate with your professor, and include the phrase “Psych 231” in
the subject line.
These guidelines were designed by Dr. Martin Smith and are used with permission.
Department of Psychology
Important Course Policy Information
Winter 2015-2016
Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own
risk. Students who complete courses without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to
complete the prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the degree program.
Program Requirements
For more information see pages 220-222 of the UVic Calendar 2015-16.
Registration Status
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be
verified using My Page, View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the
deadlines set out in the current UVic Calendar.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and
supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
In the Event of Illness, Accident or Family Affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2015-16, p. 36)
 What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled during the formal examination
Do not apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”. Instead submit
documentation of the illness, accident or family affliction directly to your course instructor (or
designated teaching assistant).
 What to do if you miss an exam scheduled during the formal exam period
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10
working days of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the
form to the instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with
the situation (for example, a deferred exam). Where a concession is not applied for or where
such application is denied, an N grade will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
 What to do if you require additional time to complete course requirements
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10
working days of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the
form to the instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with
the situation. Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N
grade will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
Policy on Academic Integrity including Plagiarism and Cheating
The Department of Psychology fully endorses and intends to enforce rigorously the Senate Policy on
Academic integrity ( , p. 33-35,
UVic Calendar 2015-16). It is of utmost importance that students who do their work honestly be
protected from those who do not. Because this policy is in place to ensure that students carry out and
benefit from the learning activities assigned in each course, it is expected that students will cooperate
in its implementation.
The offences defined by the policy can be summarized briefly as follows:
1. Plagiarism. You must make sure that the work you submit is your work and not someone
else’s. There are proper procedures for citing the works of others. The student is responsible
for being aware of and using these procedures.
2. Multiple Submission. Only under exceptional circumstances may a work submitted to
fulfill an academic requirement be used to satisfy another similar requirement. The student is
responsible for clarifying this with the instructor(s) involved.
3. Falsifying Materials Subject to Academic Evaluation. This includes falsification of data,
use of commercially prepared essays, using information from the Internet without proper
citation, citing sources from which material is not actually obtained, etc.
4. Cheating on Assignments, Tests, and Examinations. You may not copy the work of others
in or out of class; you may not give your work to others for the purpose of copying; you may
not use unauthorized material or equipment during examinations or tests; and you may not
impersonate or allow yourself to be impersonated by another at an examination. The
Department of Psychology has a policy of not making old examinations available for study
purposes. Therefore, use of old exams without the express written permission of the
instructor constitutes cheating by the user, and abetting of cheating by the person who
provided the exam.
5. Being an Accessory to Offences. This means that helping another student to cheat (for
instance, by showing or communicating to them answers to an assignment, or by allowing
them to view answers on an exam) is an academic offence.
Instructors are expected to make every effort to prevent cheating and plagiarism. This may include
the assignment of seating for examinations, asking students to move during examinations, requests to
see student identification cards, and other measures as appropriate. Instructors also have available to
them a variety of tools and procedures to check for Internet and electronic media-based cheating. In
instances of suspected or actual plagiarism or cheating, instructors, following prescribed procedures,
are authorized to take steps consistent with the degree of the offence. These measures will range
from a zero on the test or assignment or a failing grade for the course, probation within a program to
temporary or even permanent suspension from the University.
Rights of Appeal are described in the Policy on Academic Integrity in the University calendar (on p.
33-35 in 2015-16).
The definitive source for information on Academic Integrity is the University Calendar (p. 33-35 in
2015-16) (
Other useful resources on Plagiarism and Cheating include:
1. The Learning Skills program:
2. The Ombudsperson’s office:
The English Department:
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