PSYC2001 Social Psychology Assignment 2 Due Date: Monday, 18 May, 5:00pm Overview Assignment 2 (40 marks total) consists of the following three parts. o Part 1: Tutorial Participation (20% or 8 marks). o Part 2: Day of Compassion (40% or 16 marks). o Part 3: Social Distancing (40% or 16 marks). Part 1 is detailed in Tutorial Participation instruction. Parts 2 and 3 require a written response as outlined below. Formatting Requirements: – Maximum of 4 pages, roughly 2 pages each for Parts 2 and 3, excluding title page and references. – Title page. List your name and student ID. – One reference section at the end. NOT one reference section each for Parts 2 and 3. – Font: Times New Roman, 12 point – 2.5cm borders (top, bottom, & sides) – Double-spaced lines – Follow APA 7th ed. guidelines for referencing.
Instruction for Part 2: Choose one day to be your Day of Compassion1 . If one day is too difficult, one morning/afternoon/evening is fine. Your goal is to live each minute of this day as compassionately as possible. Do your best to help others in need, to be considerate and respectful. Leave no behaviour unexamined. If you’re already quite compassionate, thats wonderful. In this case, pick a day and carefully observe and analyse your experience. It is up to you how to define what compassion is and how to practice it, but give some thoughts beforehand (see Questions below). I know social distancing measures in place are severely restricting our social interactions, but it should still be possible to compassionate (e.g., in online interactions, to family members, when we go out for essential shopping, etc). To minimize any bias in social reactions, it’s best if you don’t tell others until your day is over. Questions to answer: 1. How did you define compassion? How does your definition relate to the definition of prosocial behaviour? Remember how you practice compassion should be consistent with your definition. 2. Describe what your day was like with some details. What specific things did you do to live compassionately? Who were the recipients of your compassion? 3. Reflect on your experience. What do you think are the psychological costs and benefits of behaving compassionately? In your view, do the benefits outweigh the costs? Why or why not? 4. Which person did you like more: the “Day of Compassion you” or the “normal you”? Why? If you prefer the “Day of Compassion you,” what are the social psychological factors that prevent you to behave this way normally? If you prefer the “normal you,” what are the social psychological factors that explain your preference.
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