PSYCHOL 2007 - Psychology in Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 2007 Course Psychology in Society Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites (PSYCHOL 1000 and PSYCHOL 1001 and PSYCHOL 1004) or (PSYCHOL 1000 and PSYCHOL 1001 and PSYCHOL 1005) or (PSYCHOL 1100) Course Description This course seeks to build upon Level I Psychology, specifically areas relating to social, cross-cultural and organisational psychology. Social psychology lectures will include topics central to contemporary research in social cognition drawing specifically on experimental research on explicit and implicit processes in social perception. It will consider the social and psychological functions of stereotyping and the extent to which this psychological process can be brought under intentional control. Cultural psychology lectures will examine the ways in which the culture we are born into exerts a powerful influence on all aspects of our lives and how psychological knowledge itself can be shaped by cultural assumptions and values. Particular emphasis will be placed on indigenous issues in psychology and the importance of understanding these in the context of clinical and applied work with indigenous people. Organisational psychology will provide students with an understanding of how psychology can be used to enhance selection, recruitment and performance assessment in organisations, the impact on work performance of organisational culture, and the role of the organisational psychologist.
Course Coordinator: Dr Aspa Sarris
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Critically examine psychological practices, research and theory in relation to cross-cultural perspectives and theories of cross-cultural competency.
2. Review and critique contemporary issues in relation to social psychology, including experimental methods related to stereotyping and social cognition models.
3. Understand the role of organisational psychologists, including how to assess work performance, the importance of team and group work, and the scope and limitations of psychological tests related to the workplace.
4. Understand some of the issues relating to mental health and wellbeing of diverse groups of people, including Indigenous Australians and people with refugee backgrounds.
5. Locate and examine critically previous psychological literature and research in relation to diverse populations, and write a critical essay examining this literature and research.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
The course is divided into three modules: Intercultural, Organisational Psychology and Social Psychology.
The following resources/references are recommended for each specific lecture topic:
Purdie, N., Dudgeon, P and Walker, R. (2010). Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice (first edition) Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1024&context=indigenous_education
Dudgeon, P., Milroy, H. and Walker, R. (2014). Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health wellbeing practice and principles (2nd edition). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. http://www.mhcc.org.au/media/80434/working-together-aboriginal-and-wellbeing-2014.pdf
Muchinsky, P. M. & Culbertson, S.S. (11th ed, 2016). Psychology applied to work. Hypergraphic Press
Augoustinos, M., Walker, I. & Donaghue, N. (3rd ed, 2014). Social Cognition. London: Sage.
Barr Smith Library
The Library is a major resource centre for students.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below):
Online LearningAll lectures will be recorded and made available on MyUni along with associated power-point slides for each lecture.
Please Refer to Link to MyUni below:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning and teaching for this course consists of 24 lectures that are supported by self-directed learning exercises and tasks and four face-to-face tutorials. Students are expected to take an independent approach to learning by doing all prescribed readings associated with course material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact time consists of 24 lectures and 4 tutorials = 28 hours
Intercultural psychology major paper = 30 hours
Organisational minor paper = 8 hours
Multiple Choice Quiz Social Psychology = 8 hours
Background Reading = 80 hours
Exam = 2 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Lecture Lecture Week 1 Intercultural Intercultural Week 2 Intercultural Intercultural Week 3 Intercultural Intercultural Week 4 Intercultural Intercultural Week 5 Organisational Psychology Organisational Psychology Week 6 Organisational Psychology Organisational Psychology Week 7 Organisational Psychology Organisational Psychology Week 8 Organisational Pschology Organisational Psychology Week 9 Social Psychology Social Psychology Week 10 Social Psychology Social Psychology Week 11 Social Psychology Social Psychology Week 12 Social Psychology Social Psychology
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Major Essay Summative 35% 1-5 Organisational Quiz Summative 5% 1-5 Social Quiz Summative 5% 1-5 Tutorial Attendance Summative 5% 1-5 Exam Summative 50% 1-5
Assessment Detail1. Major Essay on Intercultural Psychology – Electronic submission.
2. Minor paper on organisational psychology – Electronic Submission
3. Social Psychology Quiz - Electronic Submission
4. Exam – 2 Hours during Examination period in Semester 2. Consists of Multiple Choice and short answer questions.
Please refer to the Level II Psychology Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the links below) for further details relating to assessment.
SubmissionAll work is to be electronically submitted except for the written exam during the Examination period.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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