PSYCHOL 4304 - Advanced Psychology in Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 4304
    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 Honours B.Psychological Science (Honours) students only
    Assessment Assignment worth 40% and final exam worth 60%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Amanda LeCouteur

    Assoc. Prof. Amanda Lecouteur
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.  Critically evaluate 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 recent social psychological approaches

    3.  Critically evaluate the implications of social psychological theory for understanding the development of social identities throughout the lifespan

    4.  Critically examine how identity discourses surrounding topics such as gender are put to use in applied settings  (e.g., clinical, educational, health,  legal)

    5.  Critically review 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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    References and recommended readings will be provided at relevant times in the course. 

    Recommended Resources
    Barr Smith Library - Psychology on the Web

    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with seraching methods.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    It is recommended that students attend the interactive seminars for this course.  Independent student learning is also involved.

    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: 25 hours
    Exam preparation: 35 hours
    Independent reading ans study: 80 hours

    Total: 152 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    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
  • 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
    Mid-semester exercise              Summative                  30                                            1-5

    Final assignment                      Summative                   70                                           1-5
    Assessment Detail
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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