PSYCHOL 2008 - Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 2008 Course Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites 6 units of Level I Psychology from PSYCHOL 1000, 1001, 1005, 1006 Restrictions Available to B Psych Science students only Course Description This course will encourage students to critically consider the contribution that psychology can make to understanding, predicting and influencing human behaviour with respect to contemporary global challenges. How do different perspectives in psychology approach these challenges, what are their limitations? How can psychology contribute to cross-disciplinary approaches to solving problems? Specific topics covered will vary, but will be drawn from a pool that includes climate change and threats to the natural environment; global movements of people; global violence and conflict resolution; Fake news and social media; social and criminal justice; health habits and quality of life, and combating extremism.
Course Coordinator: Matthew Kaesler
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate critical thinking and an understanding of how psychology as a scientific endevour can inform our capacity to identify and counter popular misconceptions about human behaviour. 2 Describe how a range of theoretical perspectives in psychology can be used to investigate and address specific global challenges. 3 Demonstrate effective teamwork, collaborative problem solving and oral presentation skills. 4 Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of psychology's contribution to addressing specific global challenges. 5 Develop knowledge of the role of cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to addressing specific global challenges.
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 ResourcesCurated online resources including journal articles, podcasts, United Nations TV, and specialised online presentations will be delivered via the E-Learning platform MyUni.
Online LearningThe course content is organised into 4 modules - the first introduces the learner to a set of critical analysis and problem solving skills
based within the psychology discipline. The other 3 modules then address a Global Challenge from a Psychological Perspective.
Note: Global Challenges may change from year-to-year.
Module One: Critical Analysis and Problem Solving in the Age of Misinformation
Module Two: Global Challenge 1
Module Three: Global Challenge 2
Module Four: Global Challenge 3
Each module includes online presentations, reading lists and links to resources. Each module becomes available as the course progresses.
Groups can interact via the discussion board and work on their presentations and White Paper using Google Docs.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesA flipped classroom approach will be used with weekly online lectures to present core material followed by small group discovery experiences where students will work collaboratively to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication skills by focussing on a series of global challenges.
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 online lectures over a 12 week period (Total 24 hours)
12 hours per semester in SGDE as scheduled (Total 12 hours)
Revision of Material/ SGDE Preparation
2 hours per online lecture (4 hours per week) revision of lecture content and set readings (Total 48 hours)
34 hours meeting and collaborating on pre-recorded group presentation
4 hours writing personal reflection for group presentation
34 hours researching and writing major essay
Total time commitment: 156 hours
Learning Activities SummarySGDE Participation: Students engage in weekly small group activities involving group work, collaborative problem solving and discussion with peers and an academic facilitator.
Group Presentation, Reflection Exercise, and Q&A
Throughout the semester, students will work together on a group project, which will be presented along with a panel Q&A session in the last 2-3 weeks of semester. We anticipate that the groups will include 3-4 people in total and these will be negotiated in the first tutorial. Groups can choose the global challenge they present on from the final two modules.
Note: The presentation itself is worth 10% while a reflection on your group presentation using SMART goals is worth 5%. There is also a formative (non-graded) group agreement to complete.
Online quizz assessment of learning for content in modules 1-4 (10% each).
Major Essay: Global Challenges Paper
You will need to complete a major essay, focusing on a global challenge of your choosing from the first two modules.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome SGDE Participation Summative
10% 1-5 Group Presentation, Reflection Exercise, and Q & A session Formative and Summative To be scheduled in week 10-12 15% 2,3,4 Module Quizzes Summative Mondays the week after a module finishes 40% 1-3 Major Essay Summative Tuesday Week 9 35% 1-3
Assessment Related RequirementsSDGE Participation: students engage in weekly small group activities involving prepapration for assessment, collaborative problem solving and discussion with peers and an academic facilitator. Attendance and participation in the SGDE will be recorded.
Group Project Q & A presentation: In the final weeks of the course students will participate in a Q&A style forum on their particular global challenge. All group members will provide input into a panel discussion answering audience submitted questions.
Assessment DetailSGDE Participation: Students engage in weekly small group activities involving group work, collaborative problem solving and discussion with peers and an academic facilitator (10%).
Group Project and Q&A presentation: Small teams of students work together to identify a contemporary challenge; each team in the SGDE cass will work on a different challenge with team members each taking a different perspective in the global challenge they have adopted. Pre-recorded group presentations will be played in class in the form of a Psychology Q & A panel session with the team presenting a panel debate and discussion (answering audience questions). (15%)
Modular Assessments: Online assessments of learning for the content in modules 1-4 will take place over the semester. Assessment detail will be dependent on the module content but may include a short reflection upon a popular misconception or myth, and analysis from a psychological perspective or a brief MCQ test on content. (40%)
Major Essay: Students will identify a global challenge and outline a position with supporting evidence to address the global challenge using psychological perspectives, and identify the limitations of their chosen psychoogical approaches for addressing the challenge. (35%)
SubmissionSubmissions for assessment will occur online via MyUni using the Turn-it-In submission tool.
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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