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Spring 2015-2016
* PSY 403 / WWS 341   No Pass/D/Fail

The Social Psychology of Social Change

Deborah A. Prentice

This seminar examines the use of social psychological theory and research to explain, predict, and engineer social change. It also explores how social change has inspired theoretical and methodological developments in social psychology. In so doing, it reviews the major ideas, theories, and findings of social psychology with a particular emphasis on their applications to real-world examples of soc stasis and change. The seminar is organized topically, with sessions on conflict and prejudice, gender, and sexuality, authority and legitimacy, crime and punishment, identity and culture, environmental behavior, education, health, and economics.

Sample reading list:
Ross, L., Psych. perspectives on disagreement & dispute resolutions
Lewin, K., Resolving Social Conflicts & Field theory in Social Science
Shafir, E. (Ed.), Lessons from the lab and the real world
Fine, M., & S.R. Sirin, Theorizing hyphenated selves: Researching youth development
Pratto, F., & Walker, A., The bases of gendered power. In Social Psychology and Gender
Shah, A.K.,Mullainathan, S., & Sharif, E., Some consequences of having too little.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
This course is reading and writing intensive. Meetings will include presentations by the professor, student, and discussion. Students will sign up to be responsible for one week in the course when they will present one of that week's recommended readings. Students are expected to read all of the required readings and to post their two page response to the class website.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 10%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PSY 252, WWS340/PSY321, or permission of instructor..

Other information:
The 40% "Other" grading component will be based on weekly two-page reading responses to the required readings.

Reserved Seats:
Open to PSY Concentrators Only 8
Open to WWS Concentrators Only 8

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40268 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:18 Limit:16 Closed