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Unit description

Examines central issues in social psychology and the study of personality such as attitude formation and the influence of attitudes upon behaviour, non-verbal behaviour, social cognition and affect, and prosocial behaviour, and the conceptualisation and measurement of personality in psychology.

Unit content

Personality

Overview of the major theories in personality and their application to understanding human behaviour

Social psychology

  • History of social psychology
  • Research methods in social psychological research
  • Theory and application of:
    • attitude, behaviour and measurement
    • social influence
    • social cognition
    • social knowledge
    • crowd behaviour
    • inter-group relations
    • prejudice and discrimination

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1exercise judgement and critical thinking to assess claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinkingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and societyIntellectual rigour
3demonstrate knowledge of core topics in the area of personality and social psychologyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposesIntellectual rigour
5demonstrate knowledge of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequityKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
6demonstrate effective oral communication skills Knowledge of a discipline
7demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity.Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. exercise judgement and critical thinking to assess claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. demonstrate knowledge of core topics in the area of personality and social psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  5. demonstrate knowledge of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate effective oral communication skills
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity.
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Also available in Revel, an online version of the book.: Vaughan, GM & Hogg, MA, 2017, Social Psychology, 8th edn, Pearson Australia, NSW. ISBN: 9781488616068.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation15%
Research paper35%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation15%
Research paper35%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation15%
Research paper35%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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