PSYC 2120 3.0 W


Section M – Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30

Section O – Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30

Curtis Lecture Hall A

January 1, 2017 - April 24, 2017


Course Instructor: Kerry Kawakami

Office: 324 BSB

If you would like to set up a meeting, please email me or one of the teaching assistants.



TA: Francine Karmali

Office: 321 BSB


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TA: Elysia Vaccarino

Office: 321 BSB


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TA: Rotem Petranker

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Course Prerequisite

(Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.)

HH/PSYC 1010 6.00 (Introduction to Psychology), with a minimum grade of C.


Course Website


General Description

The primary goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to research and theorizing in social psychology. Topics covered in this course will include research methods, attitudes and social information processing, social influence, the self, group processes, prejudice, aggression, altruism, and interpersonal attraction.

Class Format

One three hour class will be held each week consisting of lectures, video clips, and class discussions.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

            1.     Demonstrate broad knowledge of social determinants of behaviour.

2.     Describe and evaluate current theory and research in social psychology.

3.     Understand and interpret principles of social psychology in everyday life.

4.     Define causes of social behaviour from different perspectives.


Required Textbook

Social Psychology: The science of everyday life (2015)

Greenberg, Schmader, Arndt, & Landau

Worth Publishers: New York

This textbook is available from the York Bookstore. ISBN - 13: 978−0−7167−0422−5

Price Textbook - $166


Course Requirements and Assessment

(1) Exam 1 – Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017                                                        30%

(2) Exam 2 – Wednesday, March 15, 2017                                                  30%

(3) Final Cummulative Exam – Exam Period (April 8 - 24, 2017)             40%

Please note that it is important to show up for all exams on time. To be fair to other students and to prevent unethical behavior, students who are more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to write the exam.


Grading as per Senate Policy

The grading scheme for the course conforms to the 9-point grading system used in undergraduate programs at York (e.g., A+ = 9, A = 8, B+ - 7, C+ = 5, etc.). Assignments and tests will bear either a letter grade designation or a corresponding number grade (e.g.  A+ = 90 to 100, A = 80 to 90, B+ = 75 to 79, etc.)

For a full description of York grading system see the York University Undergraduate Calendar -

Requests for re-evaluation of exams must be received before the last class of the term.


Missed Exams

Students with a documented reason for missing an exam, such as illness, compassionate grounds, etc., which is confirmed by supporting documentation may request accommodation from the course instructor. Supporting documentation will include an Attending Physician Statement (APS; for medical reasons or for nonmedical reasons, other types of documentation (e.g., death certificate, accident report, airline ticket for emergency travel). Please ensure that the contact information for the attending physician is clearly written on the APS form. To be fair to other students, accommodation will only be offered under exceptional circumstances. Missing an exam for travel or work is not a valid reason. The completed APS or other documentation must be provided in person to a teaching assistant within 48 hours of a missed midterm.

There will be no makeup exams for Exam 1 and Exam 2. If students miss one exam, provide proper documentation and contact a teaching assistant within 48 hours, the grade on the final cumulative exam will be reweighted to include the missed component. If students miss both Exam 1 and Exam 2, they will be required to meet with the course director, Dr. Kawakami, and with the Associate Undergraduate Program Director when requested by the course director, and it may be recommended that they drop the course. If students miss the final cumulative exam, provide the proper documentation and contact the teaching assistant within 48 hours, they may petition for Deferred Standing. Only one makeup final exam will be offered at a date determined by the course director.


Last Drop Date: March 10, 2017

For a list of all important dates please refer to:


Academic Integrity for Students


York university takes academic integrity very seriously, please visit an overview of Academic Integrity at York University from the Office of the Vice-President Academic.

The following links will assist you in gaining a better understanding of academic integrity and point you to resources at York that can help you improve your writing and research skills:


Test Banks

The use of test banks is not permitted in this course and may be considered a potential breach of academic honesty. This includes but is not limited too; buying or selling test banks.


Electronic Devices During an Exam

Electronic mobile devices of any kind are not allowed during a test or examination. Students are required to turn off and secure any electronic mobile device in their bag which is to be placed under the chair while a test/exam is in progress. Any student observed with an electronic devise during a test/exam may be reported to the Undergraduate Office for a potential breach of Academic Honesty.

Please note that cell phones should also be turned off during classes so that incoming calls do not disrupt the class.


Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

While all individuals are expected to satisfy the requirements of their program of study and to aspire to do so at a level of excellence, the university recognizes that persons with disabilities may require reasonable accommodation to enable them to do so. The York University Accessibility Hub is your online stop for accessibility on campus. The Accessibility Hub provides tools, assistance and resources.

Policy: York University shall make reasonable and appropriate accommodations and adaptations in order to promote the ability of students with disabilities to fulfill the academic requirements of their programs.

The nature and extent of accommodations shall be consistent with and supportive of the integrity of the curriculum and of the academic standards of programs or courses.
Provided that students have given sufficient notice about their accommodation needs, instructors shall take reasonable steps to accommodate these needs in a manner consistent with the guidelines established hereunder.

For Further Information please refer to: York university academic accommodation for students with disabilities policy       

Please provide all letters of accommodation within the first two weeks of class.


Email Etiquette

In your emails to the instructor or teaching assistants, please follow these guidelines.

a)   Make your subject line brief but clear

b)   Provide your full name, course, section, year, and student number

c)   Provide context about who you are and about the subject matter

d)   Keep messages short and to the point

e)   Include the email chain in your response

f)    Provide appropriate contact information (i.e., email address, phone number)

g)   Be professional