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Instructor Info:Tom Cain
TA Info:Brenda Snyder
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
Description:

This course will be an in depth examination, from a social psychological perspective, of how stereotypes are formed, how stereotypes influence our perceptions, and how these perceptions influence our relationship with others. Classic and contemporary research will be examined. Students will be expected to write brief reaction papers to weekly readings, as well as complete a final paper and presentation on a topic of their choosing.

Course Objectives:

The main objectives of this course are:

-To gain a better understanding of how stereotypes are formed, how stereotypes influence our perceptions, and how these perceptions affect our relationship with others.

-To gain a better understanding of primary research articles in psychology, including methodology, statistics, and literature citation.

-To develop clear, concise, and thoughtful writing.

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on written reactions to readings, class participation, and a final paper/presentation. In order to receive an evaluation in this class:

-You may have no more than 5 absences (3 or more absences will be noted on your evaluation).

-You may have no more than 2 missing 'reaction papers'.

-You may have no more than 3 late 'reaction papers'.

-Everyone must complete a final paper on time in order to receive an evaluation in this class.

Written reactions to readings:

Students will be expected to submit a reaction paper (via moodle) once per week. This paper should be no more than 1/2 page (single-spaced). This paper should include: a brief 5 or 6 sentence summary of one of the readings for that week, and could include: your thoughts on the readings, how the readings may relate to something you are interested in, and comments or questions about the readings or previous class.

Class participation:

Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and activities. Please be respectful of others.

Final paper:

Students will be expected to incorporate discussions and readings from this class, as well as from a topic that is of interest to you, into a final paper. Students will give a short presentation of your paper to the class (more details on this paper to come later in the semester).