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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject 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.
    • Introduction to Social Psychology: History, Methods and Ethics
    • Attitudes
    • Social Cognition
    • Prejudice and discrimination
    • Self and identity
    • Attribution and Social Knowledge
    • Social Psychology of Health
    • Affiliation, attraction and love
    • Group behaviour
    • Social Influence
    • Prosocial behaviour and aggression
    • Social psychology and the law
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • 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 materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

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

SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110
SWI-PSY10005-Introduction to Research Methods
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120
SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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 subject.

  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report — Written report (40%)
  • Exercises — Practical Exercise (10%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology
  • Core Introductory