PSK 569 History & Theories of Social PsycH.

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Who in the world am I? Ah that’s the great puzzle.

- Alice in the Wonderland

PSK 569 History and Theories of Social Psychology

Course Overview
This course will provide an overview of major historical and theoretical perspectives in social psychology. Fundamental social psychological theories and historical developments in such topics as the self and identity, socialization, social inequality, deviance and conformity, mental health and illness, freedom and authoritarianism, collective behavior, and social movements will be reviewed. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and reflections, students will acquire a thorough grounding in classical and contemporary approaches to social psychology, which will prepare them for more specialized research and study.

There would be a total of 7 main topics to be discussed in the course:
Part 00: THE PROBLEM OF THEORY (2 Weeks)
Part 01: BIOLOGICAL/EVOLUTIONARY LEVEL OF ANALYSIS (2 Weeks)
Part 02: COGNITIVE LEVEL OF ANALYSIS (2 Weeks)
Part 03: MOTIVATIONAL/AFFECTIVE LEVEL OF ANALYSIS (2 Weeks)
Part 04: INTERPERSONAL LEVEL OF ANALYSIS (2 Weeks)
Part 05: GROUP AND CULTURAL LEVEL OF ANALYSIS (2 Weeks)
Part 06: AFTERWORD AND DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE (2 Weeks)

Course Format
Students are expected to have read each week’s reading(s) prior to class and to contribute to class discussion. Each week, you must turn in your written work during class (you may not email it, or turn it in at any other time). Each student is expected to come to class prepared to summarize the key points of the readings and to participate in the discussion regarding it. To summarize, each week, students will lead discussions about, write and submit reaction papers to, and critique readings from scientific research journals, chapters, books, and movies. Because this is a small class, contributing to group discussion is essential.

Grading
I. Reaction Papers (20% of your total grade): Almost each week, students will submit a brief reaction paper (2-3 double-spaced pages) describing their reactions to the week’s readings. They must be typed, but they need not conform to APA style. This assignment is very open-ended and subject to great freedom in interpretation. The primary purpose of the reaction papers is to make sure that students come to class not only with the readings read, but come to sessions having thought into the implications of, and interconnections among, the readings. (Please bring 6 copies of your paper to distribute to the class.)

II. The Monograph (60% of your total grade): In order to support Turkish social psychological literature, each student will chose a chapter topic (Part01 - Part05) and make an extensive literature review to be published in a book.

V. Final Exam (20% of your total grade): A classic, comprehensive, open-book final exam includes all topics discussed in class sessions.

Main Reading Materials
Students will be asked to read and comment on some articles about each week’s topic. For related articles, please check out the course’s website. Other main reading materials are listed below.

Van Lange, P. A. M., Kruglanski, A. W., & Higgins, E. T. (2012). Handbook of theories of social psychology (vol. 1-2). Los Angeles: Sage.
Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2015). APA handbook of personality and social psychology (vol. 1-4). Boston: APA.
Jahoda, G. (2007/2011). Sosyal psikoloji tarihi. (Çev. Ş. Başlı). İstanbul: Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları.
Fiske, S. T., & Taylor, S. E. (2017). Social cognition: From brains to culture (3rd Ed.). Los Angeles: Sage.
Eldoğan, D., Korkmaz, L., Yeniçeri, Z. & Kökdemir, D. (2017). Akademik yazım kuralları kitapçığı. Ankara: Başkent Üniversitesi.

Suggested Journals
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Psychological Bulletin
Psychological Review
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Social Cognition
Behavioral Neuroscience
Decision
European Psychologist
Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics

See you on Thursdays (18:00 - 20:50) at G-404.

WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 01 (Sep., 26th): Introduction to PSK 569
Article 01 - The Tree of Knowledge System and the Theoretical Unification of Psychology [MUST]
Article 02 - Evolving From Methodological to Conceptual Unification [MUST]
Article 03 - Crisis in Social Psychology: Some Remarks Towards Breaking Through the Crisis [OPTIONAL]

REACTION PAPER QUESTION: Why do we need a theoretical and/or a conceptual unification?

Week 02 (Oct., 3rd): Initiating Social Psychology
No reading assigned.