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schedule & readings

Below is a tentative listing of the topics we will be covering this semester, along with the accompanying dates for class meetings. In addition, readings and other points of interest are noted.

About notation used for readings:

  • "S&M-#" refers to a chapter in your Smith & Mackie textbook [e.g., "S&M-3" = Smith & Mackie chapter 3].
  • An author's name and year refer to a reserve reading [e.g., Devine (1995)]. CLICK ON THE READING TO OPEN IT (as a password-protected PDF).
  • The login and password for the readings are provided in the course syllabus.


Date

Topic

Readings & Assignments

Week 1

9/1

Course Introduction



9/3

What is Social Psychology?

S&M-1
Hastorf & Cantril (1954)
Darley & Batson (1973)
Jordan & Zanna (2003; OPTIONAL paper on how to read a journal article)

Week 2

9/8

History of Social Psychology

Devine (1995)
Fiske (1995)


9/10

(continued)

S&M-2

Week 3

9/15

Perceiving Individuals

S&M-3
Kenrick & Gutierres (1980)


9/17

(continued)

Storms (1973)

Week 4

9/22

Perceiving Groups

S&M-5
Word et al. (1974)


9/24

(continued)

Sherif (1956)
Aronson & Bridgeman (1979)

Week 5

9/29

The Social Self

S&M-4


10/1

(continued)

S&M-6
Cialdini et al. (1976)

Article review due; turn in during class.

Week 6

10/6

(continued)

Dutton & Aron (1974)

Progress check on Journals; you should have at least 4 entries by this date.


10/8

(continued)

Arndt et al. (1997)
Landau et al. (2004)

Week 7

10/13

No class: Fall Break

 


10/15

No class: Fall Break

 

Week 8

10/20

Attitudes & Persuasion

S&M-8


10/22

EXAM 1

 

Week 9

10/27

(continued)

S&M-7
Fazio & Williams (1986)


10/29

(continued)

Dickerson et al. (1992)

Week 10

11/3

(continued)

Petty et al. (1997)


11/5

Social Influence

S&M-9
Freedman & Fraser (1966)

Week 11

11/10

(continued)

Asch (1955)
Cialdini et al. (1990)


11/12

(continued)

S&M-10
Milgram (1963)

Week 12

11/17

Group Processes

S&M-12

Progress check on Journals; you should have at least 9 entries by this date.


11/19

(continued)

Markus (1978)
Harkins (1987)


Week 13

11/24

(continued)

Smith & Williams (2004)


11/26

No class: Thanksgiving Break


Week 14

12/1

Close Relationships

S&M-11
Walster et al. (1973)
Snyder et al. (1977)


12/3

(continued)

TBA

Week 15

12/8

(continued)

TBA


12/10

Exam 2

Journal due (12 entries) by 5:00pm on Friday December 11th.

Week 16


Finals week

Final paper: due before Friday, December 18th, 5:00pm


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