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Psychology 452

Autumn 2017

Table of Contents

  1. Contact Information (Office Location and Office Hours)
  2. Course Overview
  3. Exams
  4. Papers
  5. Grading
  6. Schedule
  7. Classroom and Email Etiquette

  1. Contact Information
  2. Professor

    Jonathon D. Brown


    135 Guthrie Hall

    Office Hours

    By appointment


    Brown, J. D. (2007). The self. New York: Psychology Press.



  3. Course Overview
  4. This course provides students with a basic understanding of contemporary research and theory on the nature and functions of the self-concept. Students are expected to attend class meetings and to do the assigned reading in advance. Class lectures will both clarify and go beyond the material covered in the text, and students will be responsible for all material covered in class. Brief demonstrations will be conducted in class to illustrate various points.

  5. Exams
  6. Two multiple choice exams will be given. The first exam will have 25 questions, each worth one point; the final exam, which will cover the entire course, will have 35 questions, each worth one point. You will need to purchase a mark-sense form (available for purchase at the UW bookstore and "By George") for each exam. As a general rule, make-up exams will not be given. Exceptions to this rule are made only in dire, unavoidable circumstances (e.g., serious illness or emergency) that are fully documented (e.g., with official correspondence from physicians and/or Deans) and preferably with advance arrangement made by me. Make-up exams, on the rare occasions that they are offered, are essay exams.

  7. Papers
    1. General Information
    2. Four papers are due at various points throughout the quarter (see the syllabus for exact dates). The total number of points earned on these papers will be 45.

    3. Specifications
    4. Each paper must meet the following specifications.

      • "Normal font" (no smaller than 10 point; no larger than 12 point)
      • Double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides.
      • A header (aka running head) that includes your name and page numbers on all pages.
      • An electronic version, submitted to the course dropbox, with your name and assignment number as part of the paper's title. For example, BILL DOE PAPER1.DOC. Late papers will not be accepted.
    5. Paragraph Structure
    6. Each paper must consist of 5 paragraphs. The 5 paragraphs must be structured as follows:

      1. Paragraph 1: Introduce your topic and give readers a general sense of what they will learn by reading your essay.
      2. Paragraph 2: Support your thesis with example 1.
      3. Paragraph 3: Support your thesis with example 2.
      4. Paragraph 4: Support your thesis with example 3.
      5. Paragraph 5: Provide a concluding paragraph that summarizes the results, showing how they bear on the researcher's hypotheses.

      6. Paper Contents
        1. Paper 1: Describe yourself in general terms. (5 points)
        2. Paper 2: Begin to develop a research project relevant to this course by generating three research questions, each described in one paragraph. (5 points)
        3. Paper 3: Review three research articles pertinent to your topic and tell how they relate to your thesis. (10 points)
        4. Paper 4: Prepare a 4-6 page research report that SUMMARIZES AND INTEGRATES the findings from three different articles. (25 points)

      7. Paper Points
        • 50%: Accuracy and thoroughness of your review
        • 30%: Clarity and organization
        • 20%: Spelling and punctuation. To receive these points your paper must be free of obvious spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.

    7. Grades
    8. Midterm 1









    9. Schedule
    10. WeekDateChapterLecture TopicLecture 1Lecture 2
      01Mon. Sept. 25No Class      
       Wed. Sept. 2701 Introduction Introduction  
      02Mon. Oct. 02  Methods Theory Methods
       Wed. Oct. 0402 James James 1 James 2
      03Mon. Oct. 09  James James 3 James 4
       Wed. Oct. 1103 Self-Knowledge Search 1 Search 2
       Fri. Oct. 13Paper #1
      04Mon. Oct. 16  Self-Knowledge Search 3 Search 4
       Wed. Oct. 1804 Self-Development Develop 1 Develop 2
      05Mon. Oct. 2305 Self-Development Develop 3 Cognitive 1
       Wed. Oct. 25    Cognitive 2 Cognitive 3
       Fri. Oct. 27Paper #2
      06Mon. Oct. 30 Midterm Exam    
       Wed. Nov. 0106 Self-Regulation Regulate 1 Regulate 2
      07Mon. Nov. 06 No Class    
       Wed. Nov. 08    Regulate 3 Regulate 4
      08Mon. Nov. 1307 Self-Presentation Present 1 Present 2
       Wed. Nov. 15    Present 3 Esteem 1
       Fri. Nov. 17Paper #3
      09Mon. Nov. 2008 Self-Esteem Esteem 2 Esteem 3
       Mon. Nov. 22 No Class      
      10Mon. Nov. 27  Self-Esteem Esteem 4 Esteem 5
       Wed. Nov. 2909 Depression Depression 1 Depression 2
      11Mon. Dec. 0410 Growth Growth 1 Growth 2
       Wed. Dec. 06    TBA TBA
       Fri. Dec. 08Paper #4
       Thurs. Dec. 14Final8:30-10:20      

    11. Etiquette
      1. Classroom Behavior
      2. I expect you to behave while you are in class. This means that cell phones must be turned off during class time, and sleeping, eating (in any way other than discreetly), and resting your feet on the desk in front of you are forbidden. Anyone who violates these rules will be asked to leave.

      3. Email
      4. I am available to answer emails during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). If you send me an email, you must use correct grammar and punctuation, without typographical errors. Otherwise, I will not reply or acknowledge receipt. Emails must also begin with a salutation that doesn't include the word "Hey" and end with your name and student number.

      5. Laptop Policy
      6. The last row of the room is prioritized for laptop users. All laptop users must sit in the last row unless it is full, in which case the next-to the-last row also will be opened to laptop use. No laptop use is permitted in any other row (unless you can verify with a doctor's note that your eyesight requires that you use a laptop and sit in a closer row).

      7. Classroom Atmosphere
      8. Finally, to establish a class atmosphere in which you can ask questions and in which I can have discussions with the class and perform demonstrations, I ask that if you come to class, please come to learn. If you want to chat with classmates, read the newspaper, eat or drink, etc., then please go elsewhere. These behaviors distract your classmates. If a classmate asks me a question during lecture, please show her or him respect by not starting to talk. Remember, no one is taking attendance or making you come to class. In sum, come to class because you want to, and because you wish to learn about psychology. For my part, I will do my very best to make lectures informative and interesting. Thanks.