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Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour (PSY248)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 4
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Description This unit explores how we make sense of ourselves and others, and how the 'actual, imagined or implied' presence of others influences our thoughts and behaviours. We will examine what social psychology can tell us about fundamental questions like ' 'Who Am I?', as well as 'real-world' topics like 'Why are people cruel (and when will they be kind)?'. In doing so, students will learn about major theories, methods and classic studies of social psychology.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/laboratories/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Assessment Students' learning is assessed via two written assignments and an examination. The first written assignment (20%) involves analysing a real life phenomenon to identify principles of social psychology at work. The second assignment is a laboratory report (35%), involving the analysis and interpretation of social psychological data gathered in class. Feedback from tutors will be provided on both of these assignments. The final examination is worth 45%.
Prerequisites PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science OR PSY171 Introduction to Applications of Psychology OR PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY107 Introduction to Social Psychology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Appears in these Minors Organisational Psychology
Social Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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