Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.
Other Orientation Information
Students should read the course syllabus. For those who have not used Canvas before, you need to take the tutorials on how to navigate Canvas, and these links will be provided from the home page.
Accessing Your Course
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to WebAdvisor.
Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow
the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your
social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.
Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
Social Psychology is the study of how social factors affect how people and small group think, perceive, feel, and behave. Topics to be covered include the self-concept and self-esteem, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, attitudes and attitude change by persuasion and cognitive dissonance, conformity and obedience to authority, group processes (i.e. social loafing, groupthink, stages of group development, group conflict and resolution, etc.), attraction and close relationships, aggression, and helping behavior.
The course will be taught utilizing learning modules, one for each of the nine to 10 chapters we will cover in the textbook. Each module will consist of: textbook and other readings; PowerPoint slides, web links to videos and other information; two to three discussions and/or assignments, a study guide with terms to know and questions to answer; and a 20 item multiple choice quiz. Extra-credit assignments will also be given periodically, such as scales to measure various psychological constructs (i.e. self-esteem, passionate love, etc.), or an analysis of the movie Twelve Angry Men, etc. An optional final assignment which entails the analysis of a social situation in your life is planned. For psychology majors, this course meets the requirements for a psychology elective in group (b) (the other option is Abnormal Psychology). This course also can also satisfy the general elective requirement for the major at Bucks and be transferred to universities and four-year colleges to satisfy psychology major requirements.