Social Interaction in the Modern World
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion you will be able to
1.Explain contemporary issues in social interaction from a psychological perspective with reference to relevant literature.
2.Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing theories and explanations for issues in the field of social interaction.
3.Explain the strengths and limitations of traditional and modern research methods and analyses used in research on social interaction.
4.Apply the relevant literature in order to demonstrate how one’s own cultural and social background, beliefs and experiences influence one’s own social behaviour.
5.Clearly communicate a critical appraisal of competing approaches to the study of social interaction from a theoretically and scientifically informed perspective.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite PSYU2234 or PSYX2234 NCCW (2020 and onwards): PSYU3333
No additional requirements
Human beings are fundamentally social creatures. Our relationships to others and the world around us are critical for our physical and psychological well-being. We all have powerful needs for connection, and a sense of identity and belonging. Similarly, we actively seek to protect ourselves from rejection, loneliness and inequitable treatment by others. While there is a long history of research on this topic, contemporary social psychology has started to examine how societal and technological advances create new challenges and opportunities for how we interact as individuals, members of groups and larger communities. This unit explores a variety of topics concerning interpersonal and intergroup dynamics, which may include social connection; individual and group identity; stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; social justice and socio-political movements; cultural diversity and inclusion; and social interaction in the virtual world. Emphasis is placed on critical examination of current theoretical and empirical approaches, as well as innovative methodologies from a range of interdisciplinary fields. Students are encouraged to integrate cultural, methodological, and theoretical perspectives to examine the complexities of social interaction across individual, group, and system levels.
- Critical review (25%)
- Final examination (40%)
- Essay (35%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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