PSYCHOL 2007 - Psychology in Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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)
    Assessment Online exercises, written assignment, tutorial attendance, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Sonya Vandergoot

    School of Psychology Office:
    Ph +61 8313 5693; Email

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    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.

    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.

    Organisational Psychology
    Muchinsky, P. M. & Culbertson, S.S. (11th ed, 2016). Psychology applied to work. Hypergraphic Press

    Social Psychology
    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 Learning
    All 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 Modes
    Learning 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 3 tutorials = 27 hours
    Intercultural psychology major paper = 30 hours
    Organisational exercise = 8 hours
    Multiple Choice Quiz Social Psychology = 8 hours
    Background Reading = 80 hours
    Exam = 2 hours

    Total: 155 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
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 Detail
    1.    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.

    All work is to be electronically submitted except for the written exam during the Examination period.

    Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available on the course myuni site) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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