Social Psychology - 2016

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Unit summary

PSY30009

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - Implicit Attitute Assignment (10%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit involves the scientific study of behaviour in a social context. The aim is to introduce students to the key theories and research methods used by social psychologists to explain and predict people's thoughts, feelings and actions in social situations.

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 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 an appreciation of the importance of social and cultural influences on human behaviour
  4. Demonstrate public speaking skills, the ability to work in a team, and an understanding yourself and others from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds
  5. Understand the research methodologies used within social psychology, particularly the use of experiments
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics, particularly in the context of experimental designs
  7. Conduct advanced statistical techniques that answer social psychological research questions
  8. Demonstrate scientific writing skills within the context of social psychology
  • Assignments — Implicit Attitute Assignment (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • 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.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to Social Psychology & social psychological theory
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

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Social Psychology

    By:Kassin/Fein/Markus/McBain/Will

    ISBN: 9780170254298

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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