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Instructor Info:Tom Cain
TA Info:Nora Vose
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
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 and how they influence 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 project and presentation on time in order to receive an evaluation.

Written reactions to readings:

Students will be expected to submit a reaction paper (via moodle) each week. This paper should be no more than 1 page (single-spaced). This paper should include: a brief summary of each reading, your thoughts/comments/questions on the reading, how the reading may relate to something you are interested in, and/or any comments or questions about previous classes.

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).