Social Sciences Department
The Individual in Society
Classroom: 4306 Section 05: Class Time: M & W 7:05 PM – 8:20 PM
Course Description: This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes understanding of oneself as a unique individual who, as part of global community, is responsible for decisions affecting his/her psychological, social, environmental, and physical well-being. Main themes include personality and self, society and culture, development and the life cycle, and the maintenance of physical and psychological health. (3 hr. lecture)
Credits: 3 credits
Textbook: Weiten and Lloyd, Psychology Applied to Modern Life, Eighth Edition.
of Absences: Number of class meetings per week + 1 = 3
This is the MAXIMUM number of classes you are allowed to miss. Remember…this is College—there are normally no excused or unexcused absences. If you exceed this number of absences you may be dropped WITHOUT NOTICE by your instructor. See your instructor if you have questions about this policy.
Date / Time of Final Exam: 4-28-10 – Final Exam: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Instructor Information: Robert E. Beneckson, M.S.
Office hours by appointment
Building 6, Room 6206
Department Information: Social Sciences –
Building 6, Room 6206
Your instructor may require that you use Scantron sheets for this class. If so, please purchase the “Green FORM
882-E” forms (available at the MDC Bookstore). Ask your instructor for more information.
Your instructor may require that you use Scantron sheets for this class. If so, please purchase the “Green FORM 882-E” forms (available at the MDC Bookstore). Ask your instructor for more information.
Grading: This course will be taught through study of the textbook, lecture, video programs, discussion, and dialogue. Class participation will be highly emphasized and rewarded. There will be 2 exams, with multiple choice and/or essays. The highest exam grade will be counted twice, the lowest score once, for a total of three test scores. Students are required to keep a journal applying the material from each chapter to real aspects of their lives, and to make a class presentation of approximately 15 minutes.
Your final grade in the course is based on the total of the 3 exam scores, points for the journals, plus extra credit points, plus credit for the class presentation, and class participation. All mandatory assignments must be done or points are subtracted for each missing assignment. Each student is required to participate in a small group or individual presentation based on a specific application of material from selected chapters. The maximum for the class presentation is 10 points. The personal journal is worth a minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 16 points. Additional specialized journals are worth varying amounts of points based on the type of special assignment.
Other extra credit points depend on the specific project, but generally are between 5 and 10 points.
A = 280+
B = 245-279
C = 215-244
D = 185-214
F = 0-184
Tentative Schedule/Due Dates: (This information is subject to change)
Topic: Textbook Weitan & Lloyd
1-6-10, 1-11-10 Adjusting to Modern Life Chapter 1
Personality Test Personality Test
1-13-10 Theories of Personality Chapter 2
1-27-10 Psychological Disorders Chapter 15
2-3-10 Psychotherapy Chapter 16
2-10-10 Stress and Its Effects Chapter 3
2-22-10 Coping Processes Chapter 4
2-24-10 The Self Chapter 5
3-1-10 Social Cognition and Social Influence Chapter 6
3-10-10 Exam 1
3-15-10 Interpersonal Communication Chapter 7
3-22-10 Friendship and Love Chapter 8
3-29-10 Development and Expression of Sexuality Chapter 13
3-31-10 Marriage and Intimate Relationships Chapter 9
4-7-10 Gender and Behavior Chapter 10
4-12-10 Careers and Work Chapter 12
4-19-10 Psychology and Physical Health Chapter 14
4-21-10 Review, Catch up on Reports
Final Exam 4-28-10 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Please, when you write your journals, leave two spaces between sentences. Also, when using “quotation marks,” make sure that periods and commas are included within the “marks.” This is proper English usage in writing. Thank you.
Class Rules / Guidelines:
You are not allowed to sign the roll for a student who is absent. This is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. You may be referred for disciplinary action if you do this.
NOTICE: IF YOU MISS MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE ABSENCES, YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS BY THE INSTRUCTOR WITHOUT NOTICE AND MAY NOT BE READMITTED.
Sending text messages or listening to an MP3 player/music device of any type during class is distracting and considered inappropriate classroom behavior. If you are seen texting or listening to a music device during class, you may be asked to leave the class by the instructor and may not return to the class until you’ve been cleared by the Dean of Student Services.
Proper classroom etiquette requires you to not use any features of your cell phone during class. You are also not allowed to use a cell phone during a test. You must put the cell phone away, out of sight, during a test.
If you are dropped from the class and the instructor allows you to re-enroll, you must submit the paperwork to the Registrar’s Office and receive a receipt showing that you’ve been re-enrolled in the class BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO CLASS. You must provide proof of registration and payment of fees from the Registration Office before the instructor will let you attend the class.
TO RECEIVE A GRADE IN THE CLASS, YOU MUST BE PROPERLY ENROLLED PRIOR TO THE START OF FINAL EXAM WEEK. WE WILL NOT RETROACTIVELY RE-ENROLL A STUDENT AFTER THE FINAL EXAM WEEK HAS BEGUN OR PASSED.
The instructor does not have to accept any late work or to allow you to make-up missed work!
Unless an incomplete is arranged through the instructor, ALL COURSEWORK IS DUE BY THE END OF THE ACADEMIC TERM BEFORE THE START OF FINAL EXAMS. WORK SUBMITTED AFTER THE END OF THE TERM OR AFTER THE START OF FINAL EXAMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND YOUR GRADE WILL NOT BE CHANGED.
NOTICE: A STUDENT HAS UNTIL THE END OF THE NEXT MAJOR SEMESTER (FALL / SPRING) TO SETTLE THE INCOMPLETE OR THE FINAL GRADE ASSIGNED WILL BECOME AN “F.” The instructor is not responsible for reminding the student about the incomplete.
· Changing from an incomplete or “I” to a final grade, or
· Due to a grade calculation error by the instructor.
Remember, the instructor cannot curve or adjust a student’s grade for any personal reasons. Nor can the instructor accept work submitted after a term has ended unless the student has received permission to do an incomplete and the proper paperwork has been filed in advance with the department.
If you feel that the grade you received on an assignment or the final grade you received in a course is due to an error, the proper way to resolve the situation is as follows:
a. Communicate your concern in writing or via email to the Professor. Ask to meet with him/her during his/her office hours to discuss the issue.
b. Allow the Professor adequate time to respond (usually 3-5 business days except during periods when school is not in session such as weekends, breaks between terms, or holidays).
c. Try to resolve the situation with your Professor in a respectful manner. Keep all your written correspondence.
d. If, after you have met with your instructor, you feel the need to appeal the faculty member’s decision, contact the Department Chair at 305-237-2215 to schedule a meeting. Be prepared to bring all your documentation to the meeting.
Any student who deliberately causes a class to be cancelled due to his/her inappropriate actions will be immediately reported to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. An inquiry may be made by the academic department and the responsible student may face suspension or expulsion.
Any student who uses profanity toward, intentionally verbally insults, or becomes verbally aggressive with a teacher or other student in a class will be dismissed and not allowed to return to the class until he/she has been cleared to return by the Dean of Student Services. The student may also face disciplinary sanctions by the College.
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU WITH THIS CLASS:
ACCESS Services Room 2121 305-237-2767
(Services for Student with Disabilities)
Campus Counseling Services Room 3166 305-237-0529
Computer Courtyard Room 2100 305-237-2502
(Computer / Internet Access for Students)
Natural & Social Sciences Media Ctr Room 2125 305-237-0812
(Computer Help, Study Areas, Social Sciences Computer Tutorial Packages, Internet Access)
College Prep Writing Lab Room 6337 305-237-2062
(For students in College Prep Reading, Writing)
(For students who are taking or have passed ENC 1101)
Reading Lab Room 6334 305-237-2832
(For students in College Prep Reading)
Public Safety Room 5118 305-237-2100
Testing Services Bldg 5, 2nd Floor 305-237-0892
FIRE ALARM Leave the building immediately. Remain outside of the building at a safe distance until cleared to re-enter the building by authorities.
SHOOTER/SNIPER Once notified, comply with instructions from authorities. If you are instructed to remain inside, stay away from doors and windows. If you see a person wielding a gun on campus, immediately call Public Safety at 305-237-2100. Know your location!
HURRICANE THREAT Tune to local television and/or radio stations for information about MDC class cancellations or call 305-237-7500.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY Know your location on campus before you call! Call Public Safety at 305-237-2100 and report the emergency. If an Ambulance is needed, tell the dispatcher. Stay with the injured person until released by a Public Safety Officer.
FIGHT / DISRUPTION Know your location on campus. Call Public Safety at 305-237-2100 and report the emergency. Do not intervene in the conflict.
STALKER Immediately report your situation to Public Safety at 305-237-2100.