PSYCHOL 4204 - Advanced Psychology in Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4204 Course Advanced Psychology in Society Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to students in the BPsychSc (Honours) and Honours year of BPsych(Hons) Course Description The aim of this course of seminars is to encourage students to develop a critical perspective on the ways in which social identities are constructed and put to use in society. Discussions will concern the impact of psychological theory, research, and practice on the representation of social identities, including gender, in a number of areas, including human development, clinical, education and legal settings. The course will also provide students with insights into modern methodological approaches used to study social identities such as gender.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Amanda LeCouteurDr Amanda Lecouteur
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Evaluate critically psychological approaches used to study topics such as gender and other identities 2 Compare and contrast traditional biological / evolutionary approaches to the human subject with modern social psychological approaches 3 Evaluate critically the implications of modern social psychological theory for understanding the development of social identities throughout the lifespan 4 Examine critically how identity discourse surrounding such topics as gender is put to use in applied settings (e.g., in clinical, educational, health and legal) 5 Review critically the methodological approaches to the study of social identities.
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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesNone required
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 Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningMaterial from the training seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni.
This course may also use My Uni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis component of the course involves compulsory attendance at a series of research training seminars. The rest involves independent student learning, consultations with supervisors and the course co-ordinator.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures: 6 x 2 hours = 12 hours
Mid-semester exercise: 26 hours
Exam preparation: 25 hours
Independent reading: 90 hours
Final exam: 3 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Topic 1 TBA Week 2 Topic 2 TBA Week 3 Topic 3 TBA Week 4 Topic 4 TBA Week 5 Topic 5 TBA Week 6 Topic 6 TBA
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Mid-semester test/exercise Summative 30 1-5 Examination Summative 70 1-5
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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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