The purpose of the paper is to provide you, the student, with an opportunity to examine an area of psychology in greater depth.
Final Assignment Guidelines
For your final assignment, you will select one of the following topics:
Research and write a paper on a topic related to social psychology. The purpose of the paper is to provide you, the student, with an opportunity to examine an area of psychology in greater depth. The paper is to be a review of some topic pertinent to social psychology.
At least two references for your paper must come from refereed journals. Other resources might include textbooks, popular literature, newspaper, and magazine articles. A minimum of 5 resources is recommended.
Because we (usually) interact with people on a daily basis, we are constantly immersed in social processes. Even when we are not in direct contact with others, the experiences we have may still be “social” in nature. However, rarely do we attempt to critically examine ourselves and our surroundings from a social psychological perspective. The goal of this assignment is to step “out of your skin” so to speak, and try to see your daily experiences within the framework of the concepts you are learning in this class.
You are to keep a journal (for approximately 5 days) of experiences you have along with an analysis of those experiences from a social psychological perspective. In other words, keep note of things that happen to you, behaviors you see occurring in other individuals or among social groups, events in the media, and even storylines from books that you’re reading or TV shows you are watching (and including commercials). Basically, anything you notice in your daily life is fair game (assuming you can tie it into the course content). You should carefully explain the event or experience (so that I understand what is going on), and then give evidence to support why this illustrates a social psychological concept—some references will be needed in your evidence.