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Title: PSYC 323-01, Social Psychology, Spring 2008
Authors: Wetzel, Chris
Keywords: Psychology, Department of;Syllabus;Text;Curriculum;2008 Spring
Issue Date: 9-Jan-2008
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN
Abstract: Besides teaching you about the discipline of social psychology, the purpose of this course is to provide you with alternative ways in perceiving and thinking about social phenomena around you. I suspect that a few weeks after you take the final, you will forget 90% of the theories, experiments, and names presented to you in this course. Hopefully, your new "perceptual, cognitive" framework will stick with you. What exactly will you learn from this course? Will it be THE truth? Probably not. The one truth you will learn is that the world is terribly complex and that there are no simple answers or universal truths. Will you learn more about yourself? Probably not; instead you will come to "doubt yourself" even more. Will you be more confident about figuring out how other people tick? Probably not, instead you should learn to see more possible causes for people's behavior. In sum, you should come away from this course with increased skepticism for simplistic statements such as, "This causes that," or "Person X is like that because of Y." In terms of the 12 course objectives that the IDEA form assesses, the following objectives are essential: #22 Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories; #23 Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions, and #31 Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view. The following are important: #24 Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field of this course; and #21 Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends). The remaining objectives are important but are not formally assessed in the course, so they are not used for course evaluation.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
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