This site is a component of the broader "A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace" created by the author. In this component, the author covers social psychology from a primarily sociological perspective. The site was created as a companion piece for a textbook co-written by the author.
Type of Material:
The site is a collection, providing written material and links to resources related to social psychology.
The material is designed to introduce students to social psychological topics and provides additional links and resources that further elaborate on those topics.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
As the author puts it, the site is designed "to inform and to generate discourse, to enhance information literacy, and to truly be a 'theater of ideas.'"
Target Student Population:
The target population is undergraduate college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A course in Introductory Psychology or Introductory Sociology would be helpful.
Evaluation and Observation
The content quality of this site is excellent. The author takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on sociological, psychological, anthropological, and economical perspectives (among others). He also includes a good deal of historical and cultural information that bears on each topic. The links are extremely varied and comprehensive.
The major disadvantage of a site like this is that, inevitably, some of the links will go dead. However, this problem is offset by the coverage and variety of links provided by the author. Even though a few non-working links occasionally crop up, this is ultimately not frustrating because of the volume of choices and options available to the user who is interested in finding out more about a topic.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site can be a very effective teaching tool. It allows instructors and students to focus on broad issues as well as more specific topics. Probably the best use of the site would be for instructors to direct students to the specific topics. Because of the plethora of excellent links, it provides a portal for much more specific exploration and study of the topics.
As noted, some links were dead. It would also be improved by the inclusion of thought/discussion questions and/or some form of interactivity.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is laid out well and is very easy to use.