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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

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
2 apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
3 demonstrate knowledge of core topics in the area of personality and social psychology
4 write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes
5 demonstrate knowledge of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequity
6 demonstrate effective oral communication skills
7 demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity.

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
  2. apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to build creative and innovative response to problems in everyday life and society
  3. demonstrate knowledge of core topics in the area of personality and social psychology
  4. write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes
  5. demonstrate knowledge of how privilege, power, and oppression may impact prejudice, discrimination, and inequity
  6. demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  7. demonstrate understanding of and respect for social cultural, linguistic spiritual and gender diversity.

Prescribed texts

  • Also available in Revel, an online version of the book.: Vaughan, GM & Hogg, MA, 2017, Social Psychology, 8th edn, Pearson Australia, NSW. ISBN: 9781488616068.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.