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Social and Personality Psychology
Learn to bring a scientific lens to personality and social psychology using theories and research. Take a critical approach as you consider differences in the two fields, evaluate existing knowledge and look into controversies within these areas.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Identify how the scientific approach to personality and social psychology differs from commonsense or lay understanding
- Understand the differences between common research designs used in personality and social psychology research
- Conduct an overall critical evaluation of current scientific knowledge of a topic within personality or social psychology
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principal personality theories, research, and the controversies that arise in this field
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key theories and research in social psychology
- Discuss the concepts attained in the lectures and readings in a small class forum
- 1. Introduction to the unit; Introduction to Personality Research
- 2. Post-Freudian Psychodynamic Accounts; Attachment Theory and Personality
- 3. Neuropsychoanalysis; Trait Approaches
- 4. Evolutionary Theory and Personality; Humanistic and Positive Psychology
- 5. Personal Construct Theory; Application and Revision
- 6. New Directions and Evaluation; Personality Theory and Assessment
- 7. Introduction to Social Psychology Research
- 8. The Social Self ; Person Perception
- 9. Attributions; Errors and Biases in Judgement
- 10. Emotion; Disgust
- 11 Group Influence
- 12. Power and Status
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This is an introduction to theory, research and applications in the scientific study of social and personality psychology. The personality section of the unit provides an in-depth background to the prominent theories of personality and examines recent developments in personality research. The section on social psychology covers foundational scientific research in social psychology, focusing on developments in the three general domains of social thinking, social influence and social relations. The objectives of this unit involve acquiring a basic understanding of the principal theories, key empirical research, and basic issues in the fields of social and personality psychology.
- Tutorial - Participation in fortnightly tutorial activities (Pass/Fail%)
- Maximum 1500 words (35%)
- Mid-session online test (25%)
- Invigilated examination (40%)
Social Psychology 5th ed.
Gilovich et al.