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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Acquaints students with key historical, philosophical, social and cultural aspects of psychology in relation to the current state of the discipline. Skills related to critical thinking and the dissemination of complex scientific subject matter to a broad audience will also be extended.  This unit relies on peer-to peer learning and students engaging in reflective practice.

Unit content

  • The nature of science and the research process
  • Disseminating research findings and other scholarly material
  • The historical and philosophical context of the science and practise of psychology. Topics covered will include a selection of the following: philosophical influences, early approaches to the study of human behaviour and the emerging discipline of psychology, Evolution and Individual differences, Structuralism versus Functionalism, Behaviourism and Neobehaviourism, Gestalt psychology, approaches to understanding and treating mental illness, Psychoanalysis, Humanistic psychology, Psychobiology, Applied psychology and Cognitive psychology
  • The theoretical basis underpinning widely used cognitive and personality assessments
  • The cultural context of the science and practise of psychology
  • The social context of the science and practise of psychology
  • Advanced content in various areas of contemporary psychological research, theory and practice

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 construct an argument supporting or rejecting historical or theoretical approaches Creativity
2 critically evaluate the impact of historical, philosophical, social and cultural aspects on contemporary research Knowledge of a discipline
3 synthesise and effectively communicate complex psychological knowledge Communication and social skills
4 explain and critique key concepts in contemporary and historical theory. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. construct an argument supporting or rejecting historical or theoretical approaches
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. critically evaluate the impact of historical, philosophical, social and cultural aspects on contemporary research
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. synthesise and effectively communicate complex psychological knowledge
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. explain and critique key concepts in contemporary and historical theory.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.