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Course Syllabus – Fall 2001 – August 20 – December 19,2002


3022 01 Psychology 116 – Introduction to Social Psychology - 12 Noon – 1:15 p.m. –                                                      TTh, Room 478

Professor:                   Lina C. Rocha, M.S.


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Office Hours:             Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Room 460K


Catalog Course Description:

Person to person relationships in a social context. Includes investigation of self-identity, conformity, aggression, attraction, affiliation, etc., with an emphasis on the interconnections of events within people and between people.

Course Objectives:

Specific course goals include: obtaining factual knowledge and learning the fundamental principles of the field, learning about the methods of social psychology and how we go about gaining new knowledge, and learning how to apply course content to improve your own rational thinking, problem solving, and decision making in everyday life.


The student should obtain the following skills:

  1. To explain how social psychologists think about and study human behavior;
  2. To introduce the body of knowledge and underlying principles that currently exist in the field;
  3. To encourage reflection about the implications of social-psychological research for the situations we encounter in everyday life.  

Course Requirements:

Recommended prep: Satisfactory completion of English 54 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Assessment.

Course Credit:

Meets graduation requirements for Associate Degree and is transferable to CS/UC. To confirm credit, review with a College Academic Advisor/Counselor and the 2000-01 Southwestern College Catalog.


Required Text and Materials:

Social Psychology – Unraveling the Mystery (Kendrick) 2nd Edition

Scantrons for examinations (your personal ID and password is found inside the cover of your textbook).


Methods of Evaluation:

3 examinations and 1 final


Exams are administered on date specified in course calendar. Exams will cover material from lectures and textbook chapters. Exams include: multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blank, essay and matching.

Students may not take any of the exams at a later date unless Professor Rocha has confirmed a written absence excuse and has agreed to administer an exam at a later day. A 25% of total possible points will be deducted from student’s exam score.

Final exam:

Final exam will be administered on the date listed in the course calendar. A student who is absent from scheduled final exam will receive a grade of F regardless of points or percentage accumulated. In case of an emergency, student must contact Professor Rocha via e-mail to take the  examination at a later date.