PSYCHOL 2007 - Psychology in Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
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, PSYCHOL 1001 and PSYCHOL 1004 or equivalent Incompatible PSYCHOL 2000A/B & PSYCHOL 2002 or PSYCHOL 2003 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: Professor Martha Augoustinos
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Course Learning Outcomes1. Examine 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 work place.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
Required ResourcesMuchinsky, P. M. (8th ed, 2006). Psychology applied to work. Thomson Wadsworth
Augoustinos, M., Walker, I. & Donaghue, N. (3rd ed, 2014). Social Cognition. London: Sage.
For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesFor 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 Topic Lecture Week 1 Cross-cultural psychology Cross-cultural psychology Week 2 Indigenous issues in psychology Indigenous issues in psychology Week 3 Refugees, resilience, and mental health and wellbeing Indigenous Australians and social and emotional wellbeing Week 4 Cross cultural competency Working cross-culturally: theories and practice Week 5 Organisational Psychology: An introduction The development of work related psychological assessment Week 6 Interviews, Assessment Centres & references Performance Appraisal at work Week 7 Work values and work culture Going beyond traditional assessment Week 8 Groups and teams Organisational Psychology in action Week 9 Introduction to Social Cognition Social perception Week 10 Social Perception Implicit social perception Week 11 Unconscious stereotyping Category Inhibition Week 12 Stereotypes and prejudice Perceiving cultural and social diversity
Small Group Discovery ExperienceOne small group discovery experience session will be held in this course. It will involve facilitated group work with academic staff from the School of Psychology
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Major Essay Summative 30% 1-5 Organisational -
Summative 5% 1-5 Social Quiz Summative 5% 1-5 Tutorial Attendance Summative 6% 1-5 Class presentation in tutorials Summative 4% 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. Class presentation during last tutorial in Week 12
5. Exam – 2 Hours during Examination period in Semester 2. Consists of Multiple Choice and short answer questions.
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SubmissionAll work is to be electronically submitted except for class presentations in Week 12 and 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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