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LA 4203 - Social Psychology & Human Interaction (Letourneau)

Resources for Prof. Letourneau's course.


Presentation Requirements:

A 30 minute presentation using at minimum of five quality sources. Your presentation should include:

  1. An annotated bibliography of your presentation – handed in during class

  2. At least two of the following within your presentation –

    1. A visual component (film clip, graphs/charts, relevant pictures, etc.)

    2. A review of a current event – newspaper, news report on TV, online

    3. A prepared class discussion/activity

Presentation Format:

  1. Introduction (5-7 minutes): Present an overview of the argument.  Perhaps include history of the issue and recent statistics if relevant.

  2. Main arguments (7-10 minutes for each side of the issue): State your arguments as clearly and as objectively as possible within the time limit. The keys are to (a) be knowledgeable and accurate, and (b) be engaging -- get the audience to listen to your presentation. In other words, know what you are talking about and present your knowledge and beliefs in a well-reasoned, interesting, attention-keeping manner. It is often good to provide illustrative examples (perhaps from your own life) and/or ask (perhaps rhetorical) questions that are relevant to everyone.

  3. Open Discussion (time will vary): At this point in the presentation, there is time for questions from the class members and from the presenter. Please state your discussion point, question, or comment clearly and concisely. Most importantly, be respectful and considerate of your classmates, but don't be afraid to disagree with and critique their positions and arguments. Don't make personal attacks on people. Critique the ideas presented, not the person presenting them.  Presenters should try to anticipate questions, weaknesses, flaws, and problems in the arguments that might be raised.

  4. Concluding Remarks (3-4 minutes): Finish with a brief synopsis of the issue.  Present solutions if relevant.  Feel free to divulge your own opinion.

Grading Criteria:

Below are the criteria that I will use in grading your presentations:

  • Solid, fair and equal representation of research for BOTH sides of the issue.

  • Grasp of the issue and important related points.

  • Organized presentation.

  • Ability to support or refute arguments.

  • Use of quality materials.

  • Length of presentation.

  • Proper APA citations/references.