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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Examines central issues in social psychology and the study of personality such as attitude formation and the influence of attitudes upon behaviour, non-verbal behaviour, social cognition and affect, and prosocial behaviour, and the conceptualisation and measurement of personality in psychology.

Unit content

Personality

Overview of the major theories in personality and their application to understanding human behaviour

Social psychology

  • History of social psychology
  • Research methods in social psychological research
  • Theory and application of:
    • attitude, behaviour and measurement
    • social influence
    • social cognition
    • social knowledge
    • crowd behaviour
    • inter-group relations
    • prejudice and discrimination

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 exercise judgement and critical thinking to assess claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 demonstrate an understanding of core topics in the discipline Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 write effectively in a variety of other formats and for a variety of purposes Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
5 demonstrate understandings of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequity Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
6 demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats and for various purposes Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
7 demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. exercise judgement and critical thinking to assess claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. demonstrate an understanding of core topics in the discipline
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. write effectively in a variety of other formats and for a variety of purposes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate understandings of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequity
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats and for various purposes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Vaughan, GM & Hogg, MA, 2011, Introduction to social psychology, 6th edn, Pearson Education, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.