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Psychology: Evolved Social Cognition (PSY287)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit integrates social psychological findings and a cognitive approach within an evolutionary meta-theoretical framework - an integration that sheds light on the 'self' as a collection of information-processing mechanisms designed to solve social problems faced during our species' evolution, and 'society' as a phenomenon that emerges from these individual minds in social interaction. This unit explores topics such as social welfare, criminal justice, and racism; and apply critical thinking to research articles toward the goal of answering real-world questions.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to
1. Identify and define key concepts in social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology as they apply to information-processing in societal contexts (APAC GC 1.1 [i, ii, v, vi, vii, viii, x, xii], GC 1.2, GC 1.3, GC 1.6);
2. Identify and critically evaluate distinct psychological research methods used to answer real-world questions (APAC GC 1.2, GC 1.3, GC 1.4);
3. Apply conceptual tools from social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology to argue about the roots causes of current societal issues (APAC GC 1.2, GC 1.3, GC 1.4, GC 1.5, GC 1.6);
4. Examine the relationships between our social minds and the epiphenomenon of society to discuss the implications of these relationships and debate how they can be applied to benefit society (APAC GC 1.2, GC 1.3, GC 1.4, GC 1.5, GC 1.6).
Timetabled Learning Activities Onshore - Lectures: 11x 1.5 hours; Tutorials: 5 x 1.5 hours.
Offshore - Lectures: 1.5 hours; Tutorials: 5x 1.5hours.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to combine lecture presentations covering key theoretical concepts and evidence-based research with large and small group discussion that allow students to become fluent with a range of theoretical approaches and evidence in social psychology. As this fluency is developed, we apply these conceptual tools to the analysis of contemporary social issues through tutorial activities and written assignments.
Assessment Assessments will be in the form of 1) preparation for and participation in tutorials, 2) a quiz, 3) an essay), and 4) a final exam
Prerequisites Students must have completed PSY285 Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour OR PSY248 Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY218 Psychology: Self and Society OR PSY218 Self and Identity may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) (BSc) [New in 2017]
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
Psychological Studies
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: S1-Internal
Ms Rachael Ewen
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