PSYCHOL 2007 - Psychology in Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course seeks to build upon Level I Psychology, specifically areas relating to cross-cultural, organisational and social psychology. Cross-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 people from refugee backgrounds, and the importance of understanding these in the context of clinical and applied work with these groups of 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. 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.

  • 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 Written Assessment (essay), Group Work Project (individual and group grade), Tutorial Attendance, Module Quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peta Callaghan

    School of Psychology Office
    Phone +61 8313 5693

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain a variety of social and inter-cultural theories and methods used in psychology
    2 Compare, review and critique contemporary theories in social psychology, including psychological theories operating at different levels of analysis.
    3 Understand some of the issues relating to the mental health and wellbeing of diverse groups of people, including Indigenous Australians and people with refugee backgrounds.
    4 Critically examine psychological practices, research and theory in relation to cross-cultural perspectives and theories of cross-cultural competency.
    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.
    6 Apply social and inter-cultural psychology theories and methods to address real-world problems.
    7 Communicate applications of social and inter-cultural psychology to varied audiences.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    1, 4, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • All lectures will be recorded and made available on MyUni along with associated power-point slides for each lecture, and any other additional resources.
    Barr Smith Library
    • Students must have access to the Barr Smith Library.
    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):

    Recommended Resources
    The course is divided into two modules: Social Psychology and Intercultural Psychology

    The following resources/references are recommended for each specific lecture topic:

    Social Psychology
    Augoustinos, M., Walker, I. & Donaghue, N. (2014). Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction (3rd ed). London: Sage.

    Dudgeon, P., Milroy, H. & Walker, R. (2014). Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health wellbeing practice and principles (2nd edition). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. 

    Online Learning
    All lectures are face to face; however, they are also recorded and made available on MyUni along with associated power-point slides for each lecture. While lecture attendance is not compulsory, it is encouraged. Some lectures will be offered as an interactive learning experience, and attendance is strongly encouraged for these lectures. Students will be advised about the dates/ times of the interactive lectures at the commencement of semester and throughout the course.

    All course information and materials are available on MyUni. Students must familiarise themselves with MyUni and keep up to date with the content available there.

    Please Refer to Link to MyUni below:

    This course will use MyUni for the following:
    • Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    • Submission of summative assessment, including the module quizzes
    • Access to lecture recordings, tutorial materials, and course readings

  • 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 six 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 6 tutorials = 30 hours
    Intercultural psychology major paper = 30 hours
    Organisational exercise = 8 hours
    Multiple Choice Quiz Social Psychology = 8 hours
    Background Reading = 78 hours
    Exam = 2 hours

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Lecture Tutorials
    Week 1 Intercultural
    Week 2 Intercultural Intercultural Tutorial 1
    Week 3 Intercultural
    Week 4 Intercultural Intercultural Tutorial 2
    Week 5 Organisational Psychology
    Week 6 Organisational Psychology Organisational Tutorial 1
    Week 7 Organisational Psychology
    Week 8 Organisational Pschology Organisational Tutorial 2
    Week 9 Social Psychology
    Week 10 Social Psychology Social Tutorial 1
    Week 11 Social Psychology
    Week 12 Social Psychology Social Tutorial 2
    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 40% 3-7
    Group Work Project (group grade) Summative 10% 1,6,7
    Group Work Project (individual grade/ peer review) Summative 20% 1,6,7
    Tutorial Attendance Summative 12% 1,2,3,4,6,7
    Module Quizzes Summative 18% 1-4
    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 questions.

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

    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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