Unit 7 explores how the various social psychology principles we’ve studied in this course influence
Social Psychology in the Law & Business
Unit 7 explores how the various social psychology principles we’ve studied in this course influence 1). the criminal justice system including law enforcement, legal, and court processes and 2). business including personnel selection, performance evaluations, leadership, work motivation, and economic decision making. For previous discussions the focus has been to demonstrate things you know and understand. For this discussion your initial post should identify two things you don\’t understand that you want help to clarify or areas where you want to deepen your understanding.
It\’s easy to review the PowerPoint slides and read the chapters for general understanding without reflecting very deeply on exactly what you do and do not understand. I want you to not focus so much on knowledge and information this week but more on application. As you read the chapters identify things you don\’t understand very well, or only partially understand, how they apply to everyday life, what things you\’d like to understand better, etc.
For your initial post:
Identify two things covered in the reading that are unclear to you or things which you want to develop a deeper understanding about
Provide sufficient detail to clearly identify your point of confusion or interest
Give enough information to indicate your current understanding and the kind of help you want
Indicate what specific type of help would be helpful (e.g., are you looking for an example, the experience of others as it relates to the issue, additional documentation, interpretations, opinions)
State what you see as the value and benefit of better understanding and exploring this issue, why does it matter, what\’s the practical application in daily life
Your response posts should respond to the specific requests of your classmates and in some way provide what you see as useful clarification, insight, or elaboration of the issues they identified. It would be useful for the person with the questions to give some type of feedback if the response is helpful, raised other questions, left him or her confused, etc. Learning at its best is an interactive, iterative process that builds understanding as we interact with the material. All too often we cut the process short and don\’t learn as much as we could.
To earn the full 15 points, you must complete three important parts in a timely manner and the high quality work must consist of clear, complete, and insightful responses. Originality and creativity in your responses are encouraged. (See Grading and Rubrics for the Discussion Rubric.)
Be sure to cite and reference at least one empirical source in your main and response posts linking your examples and responses to the social psych principles you\’re highlighting and discussing. Being able to identify practical applications of the principles discussed in this course will allow you to develop a deeper and more practical understanding of the principles.
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