PSYCHOL 6031 - Psychology, Science & Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6031 Course Psychology, Science & Society Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites Part-time PSYCHOL 6020, PSYCHOL 6021, PSYCHOL 6022, PSYCHOl 6023 Corequisites PSYCHOL 6020 and PSYCHOL 6022 Restrictions Available to GDPsychSc students only Course Description The section of the course on social psychology builds upon existing knowledge and examines the social principles of processes that enable us to understand human behaviour. Some of these topics include the ways in which people develop categories and stereotypes, develop attributions about the behaviour of others, and how identities (both individual and group) are structured and developed. The critical component of the course looks at psychology as a complex human enterprise that is concerned with the production, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge claims. The broad aim of the course is to show how our understanding of psychology can be aided by recent developments in related disciplines such as philosophy, history, sociology and politics.
Course Coordinator: Dr Amanda Lecouteur
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Display understanding of the implications of recent work in the Philosophy of Science for foundational concerns in the science of Psychology
2. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of epistemologies and methodologies as practised in various sub-sections of the discipline of Psychology
3. Display understanding of the complexity, multiplicity and context-dependence of processes of psychological explanation and practice
4. Display understanding of competing theoretical approaches of how individuals and groups attend to, process, and represent complex social information.
5. Display understanding of critical approaches to standard Social Psychological topics such as attributions, categorisation, stereotyping, and social identity
6. Present the results of psychological research in the appropriate APA format (6th Edition)
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. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,4,5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3-6 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
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures plus online activities and readings.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Face-to-Face Contact Hours
2 hours per week in Lectures over a 12 week period (Total 24 hours)
4 hours per semester in Tutorials as scheduled (Total 4 hours)
Revision of Material / Tutorial Preparation
2 hours per lecture for revision of lecture content and set readings (Total 60 hours)
2 hours of preparation for each tutorial (Total 8 hours)
2 hours for each self-directed learning activity (Total 4 hours)
20 hours for the completion of the research assignment during the semester (Total 20 hours)
Exam revision as required (approx. 21.5 hours)
End of semester Examination = 2.5 hours
Total time commitment: 144 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Introduction Social Identity theory Week 2 Self-categorisation Theory Social Identity in the ‘Real World’ Week 3 Stereotypes and social reality Social Identity and attributions Week 4 Social representations theory Social representations of scientific knowledge Week 5 Social representations and attributions Social constructionism Week 6 Discourse and cognition Discursive psychology Week 7 Psychology’s relationship to science, and its place in contemporary society What is Science? A brief excursion through the history of Science Week 8 Definitions of Science: Bacon, observation and experiment What is Science: Some answers from the Philosophy of Science Week 9 Philosophy of Science & implications for Psychology What is Science: Some answers from the Sociology of Science Week 10 The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge & implications for Psychology Week 11 Science in action: Finding the Secret of Life Introduction to Foucault: Madness, criminality and punishment Week 12 Foucault continued Knowledge, power and psychology
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Tutorial participation Summative 10% 1, 3-5 Examination Summative 50% 1-5 Research practical Summative
(Due Date 6 May 2014)
Assessment DetailTwo-and-a-half hour examination taking the form of 5 short-answer (paragraph) and 1 essay questions for each of the two main sections of the lecture course (a total of 10 short-answer and 2 essay questions).
Research practical takes the form of a paper in which literature is reviewed and evidence is analysed in relation to a set question.
Tutorial attendance and participation is recorded by the tutor at 2.5% for each of the 4 tutorials scheduled for the course.
For additional information regarding assessment please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook at the following link:
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted in hard copy via the School of Psychology’s practical submission box located adjacent to the School office on Level 4 Hughes Building, as described in the instructions for the assignment.
Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) 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.
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.
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