Social Psychology - 2018

Unit summary

PSY20016

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Exercises - Practical Exercise (10%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,860.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,110.00

Social psychology studies the processes of interaction between individuals and the society in which they live. This includes the ways in which the social world is perceived (e.g., social cognition, attitudes, the self), interactions between individuals (e.g., interpersonal attraction, social influence), interactions within and across group boundaries (e.g., group decision-making, intergroup relationship), the influence of the socio-cultural environment on individuals (e.g., cultural differences, acculturation), and applied issues (e.g., health psychology, work, relationships). This unit will help students develop their understanding of the key theories and research methods in social psychology, and develop a deeper understanding of contemporary problems in the area.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Understand the main theoretical perspectives and research methodologies adopted by social psychologists
  2. Show an ability to think in theoretical terms and to critically evaluate social psychological ideas and research findings
  3. Demonstrate public speaking skills, the ability to work in a team, and an understanding of yourself and others from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics, particularly in the context of experimental designs
  5. Apply advanced statistical techniques to answer social psychological research questions
  6. Demonstrate scientific writing skills within the context of social psychology.
  • Exercises — Practical Exercise (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report — Written report (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Do not enrol into this unit if you have successfully completed PSY30009.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to Social Psychology: History, Methods and Ethics
2Attitudes
3Social Cognition
4Prejudice and discrimination
5Self and identity
6Attribution and Social Knowledge
7Social Psychology of Health
8Affiliation, attraction and love
9Group behaviour
10Social Influence
11Prosocial behaviour and aggression
12Social psychology and the law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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