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Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour (PSY285)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Evaluate how social psychology applies to our everyday lives.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of major social psychological theories.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of social psychological methods and approaches.
4. Develop skills in analytical thinking and scientific writing through completion of a scholarly essay.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 12 x 1.5 hours; Tutorials: 6 x 1 hour
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures and reading activities in the unit supply students with the core learning content. Tutorials complement these, providing the opportunity for in-depth discussion of concepts and their application to real-life phenomena.
Other Learning Experiences Online modules: 5 (3 hours total) [not applicable to Dubai]
Assessment Students' learning is assessed via three assessments: a quiz, a scholarly essay, and an examination. The quiz (20%) is administered approximately 1/3 of the way through the term, and is designed to give the students a sense of the breadth and depth at which they should be learning course content. In the essay (35%) students will investigate a central social psychology question - through multiple theoretical lenses and generate an evidence-based scholarly essay. Feedback will be provided on the essay. 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 OR PSY101 Introduction to Cultural Psychology OR PSY172 Psychological Health and Wellbeing
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY248 Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Appears in these Minors Social and Developmental 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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Ms Rachael Ewen
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Rachael Ewen
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e: Rachael.Ewen@murdoch.edu.au
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