PSYCHOL 3027 - Psychology, Science & Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 3027 Course Psychology, Science & Society Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II Psychology which must include PSYCHOL 2004 Course Description 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. The course is delivered in four separate but related modules covering the history and philosophy of science and how this applies to psychology; European and Critical Social Psychology; contemporary methodological approaches and methodological issues in psychology; and the application of these topics to psychological practice. 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Peta Callaghan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Critically evaluate the nature of various approaches in the philosophy of science to consider the question “is Psychology a science?”
- Apply insights from other academic discplines to understand how 'Psychology' can be viewed as a social practice.
- Understand and reflect upon the range of epistemologies, methodologies and practices encompassed within Critical Psychology.
- Collaborate with other students to constructively evaluate Critical Psychological topics.
- Communicate the results of your studies in APA 7th format in written and oral formats.
- Evaulate the teamwork skills of your peers.
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.
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.
Required ResourcesReadings and asscociated materials will be indicated and /or made available in the relevant online modules.
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The library website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of written and MCQ assessment
• Access to lecture recordings
• Access to tutorial materials
• Additional readings
• Self-directed learning activities
• MCQ preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by critical-thinking and 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
1 hour per week in workshops over a 12 week period (Total 12 hours)
Revision of Material / Tutorial Preparation
3-5, 15-20 minute pre-recorded lecture videos per week (approx. 1-2 hours per week) and and set readings (Total approx. 54 hours)
1 hour per week of workshop preparation (Total 12 hours)
20 hours for the completion of the research assignment during the semester (Total 20 hours)
20 hours for the completion of the group-work task (Total 20 hours)
Module quiz revision as required (approx. 26 hours)
Total time commitment: 144 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Module 1) The History and Philosophy of Science Week 2 Module 1) The History and Philosophy of Science Week 3 Module 1) The History and Philosophy of Science Week 4 Module 2) Critical and European Social Psychology Week 5 Module 2) Critical and European Social Psychology Week 6 Module 2) Critical and European Social Psychology Week 7 Module 3) Contemporary Approaches in Methodology Week 8 Module 3) Contemporary Approaches in Methodology Week 9 Module 3) Contemporary Approaches in Methodology Week 10 Module 4) Applications: Psychology, Science and Society Week 11 Module 4) Applications: Psychology, Science and Society Week 12 Module 4) Applications: Psychology, Science and Society
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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, 2, 3, 5 Group work task Summative 30% 1-6 Major Assessment Summative 30% 1-6 4 X MC module quizzes Summative 30% 1-5
Assessment DetailFour multiple-choice quizzes (MCQs) comprising 15 questions each, related to each of the four modules will be due at the end of each module (weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12).
A group-work assignment that tests knowledge of one of the four modules will be completed. Students will have time within the allocated workshops to work on their group-work task, and will present in the second half of the course.
The research practical takes the form of a paper in which literature is reviewed and evidence is analysed in relation to a question related to one of the four modules.
Workshop attendance and participation is recorded by the tutor at 1% for a total of 10 workshops attended (that is, of the 12 scheduled workshops, student must attend at least 10 to recieve the 10% assessment grade).
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted online via MyUni
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
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