This course is designed a discussion
class. Your input and energy is vital to its success. Fifteen percent of
your course grade is allotted to your contributions and efforts in class.
Attendance and Absence Policy:
Class attendance and participation
is expected. Students are responsible for all announcements made in class,
whether they are present or not. If you must miss a class, please let
me know (via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Course grades for students missing an unacceptable number of class meetings
may be adjusted at my discretion.
You are expected to complete assignments
(e.g., discussion questions you are responsible for, presentations you
are scheduled to make, papers to turn in) in a timely manner, and to meet
the deadlines outlined in the course schedule or announced in class. If
you cannot complete assignments on time because of an unforeseen occurrence
(e.g., illness, family emergency etc.), or because of a school-related
conflict (e.g., conflict with other course assignments or activities),
please contact me immediately. Acceptance of late work will be at my discretion,
and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Grade Changes / Regrade Procedure:
All grade disputes are to be made in
writing (please type). We will not discuss or argue regrades in person.
All requests for regrades must be made within two weeks after the exam
or assignment is returned to the class (or within 2 weeks of the start
of the following term for the research proposal).
When disputing a grade, you should
state the dispute and the number of points you feel you should have received
for the assignment or exam, and the reason you feel your work or answer
is correct (including support from the readings or lecture notes). Please
note that when you ask for an exam or assignment to be regraded it may
be regraded in its entirety, and there is a possibility of losing points.
All requests for regrades should be submitted to me along with the original
Understanding appropriate sources for citations:
For all assignments and exams, the following are considered appropriate and valid sources for citations and references:
- Published journal articles, both in on-line and paper formats.
- Professional handbook chapters and reviews (i.e., edited volumes with chapters written by psychological researchers).
- Academic books (i.e., books written by psychological researchers).
The following are not to be used as citations in your work:
- Information found on the internet, unless it is the on-line version of a scientific journal (e.g., accessing an electronic version of a journal on-line is fine). This includes Wikipedia and/or any other webpages.
- Any undergraduate-level text book.
In short, you should always be working with the primary literature written by psychological researchers. If you have questions about a particular source, please ask.
A few of other important points:
- Buy a stapler…Unstapled papers will not be accepted (or will have their grades adjusted). This includes paper clips, folded corners, etc. In short, make sure your papers are permanently secured with a staple or other such binding. And if your stapler won’t handle the number of pages you’re trying to staple, use a bigger stapler.
- Silence your cell phones, and put them away during class. Please do not text-message or otherwise fiddle with your wireless communication devices in class.
- Please do not submit papers or assignments electronically (i.e., don’t e-mail me with your papers attached). Spam filters and other such technological goof-ups make e-mailing papers problematic.
A few words about plagiarism and
I tend to have a relaxed and laid
back teaching style, but do not mistake this for a lack of rigor. I take
plagiarism and academic integrity very seriously. Plagiarism involves your
use of another person’s work, words, or ideas without properly crediting
them. This includes copying the work from another student’s paper or exam,
as well as using direct quotes from a source, such as your textbook or
a journal article, without citing the author. Simply rewording a sentence
or passage from another source without giving credit is also inappropriate.
Furthermore, using another person’s ideas without a proper citation is
considered plagiarism as well. The best way to assure that your work does
not plagiarize from another source is to liberally use citations within
your work (e.g., be very thorough with your references—we will discuss
APA style of references in class if necessary) and to ask me if you are
ever in doubt.
I feel very strongly about academic dishonesty—it
will not be tolerated. Do your own work, and know and follow the Haverford
College Honor Code.
A note on discussing relationships:
This course is meant
as an overview of the research in the field of close relationships, and
as a critical examination of the theories that guide this research. While
it may be helpful to sometimes use examples from your personal experiences
in discussion, this class is not the appropriate forum to disclose
sensitive personal information or to seek guidance regarding your relationships.
My training is in experimental social psychology, not clinical practice
or therapy—am I not qualified to give advice regarding any individual’s
personal relationships (and will not attempt to do so).
Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because
of the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet with me privately
early in the semester. Students should also contact Rick Webb, Coordinator,
Office of Disabilities Services (email@example.com, 610-896-1290) to
verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations as soon as possible.
Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.