Details on Quiz 1 & Paper 1

The first quiz will be held on Thursday October 12th during class time. You will complete the quiz on Canvas. It will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions on material covered to that point in class.

Since this is being administered on Canvas, you can complete the quiz basically from anywhere. You will be permitted to 25 minutes in which to complete the 20 questions on the quiz. The window of opportunity to complete the quiz will run from 11:40 am until 12:20 pm. That way if you’re running up to 15 minutes late, you will still be able to do it with the full allotted time.

The remainder of the class time on October 12th can be devoted to preparing the first short paper for the course, which will be due on Tuesday, October 17th. I will arrange for you to receive the answer key to the quiz five minutes after its close. That way you will have the appropriate feedback to let you know where you are on track and where you aren’t. And you can spend the remainder of the class time working on preparing you paper.

As to the pedagogy of this approach, the quiz will focus upon major concepts we have discussed regarding each of the psychologists covered to date. As such, the quiz will serve as something of a review of the material covered. A study sheet is provided here and on the evaluation page.

The first paper is to be short, no longer than 3 pages, double spaced with conventional margins equalling 750 words or so). Moreover, it is to be a paper, so I want a hard copied delivered at the beginning of class on Tuesday, October 17th.

The topic of the paper is to defend one of the three approaches we have covered up to that point in the course (psychoanalytic, behavioral or humanist) as the most effective guide for analyzing politics generally or with which to analyze a particular political problem, concern or issue of your choice. You may wish to consult one of the recommended texts on reserve for some ideas on political concerns. Nevertheless, the paper is to be a thought piece, not a research paper. So additional sources beyond those listed on the course outline are unnecessary. And formal footnotes and references are not required, other than to permit finding any direct quotations from or references to the readings.

Please note that simple description of both the psychological approach and political concern/issue/problem should be kept to the absolute minimum. Instead, your focus should be on analysis and synthesis. So your paper should focus on identifying the essential aspects of your psychological approach and how it sheds specific light on the political concern. Your paper provide strong evidence of a nuanced understanding of the aspects of the psychological approach selected (analysis) and its specific detailed application in understanding an instance of contemporary political life (synthesis).

An excellent paper must, of course, be well written and organized with clear indications of originality.

Detail on grading standards are available here and through a link on the evaluation page.

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