PSYCHOL 6506OL - Social Psychology
Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6506OL Course Social Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Online Teaching 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology Course Description Do you ever wonder why we behave differently in groups than when we?re on our own? This course will explore topics central to contemporary research in social psychology examining the principles and processes that enable us to understand human social behaviour.
Course Coordinator: Dr Peta Callaghan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain a variety of theories and methods used in social psychology research.
2. Contrast between social psychological theories operating at different levels of analysis.
3. Critically evaluate knowledge claims in contemporary social psychology topics.
4. Apply social psychology theory and methods to address real world problems.
5. Communicate applications of social psychology to varied audiences.
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 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
1,4,5 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
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 ResourcesThis is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and curated readings and resources. They will use a telecommunications application (Zoom) to engage in online tutorials.
Augoustinos, M., Walker, I. & Donaghue, N. (2014). Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction (3rd edition) The relevant chapter will be available in the course via course readings.
Passer, M. W. & Smith. R. E. (2019). Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour. McGraw-Hill Education: Australia. (Available as e-text via Barr Smith Library)
Online LearningThis is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEngagement with course content is facilitated by online lectures, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24 per week engaging with the online content, in private study and completing the assignments for this course.
Learning Activities SummaryWeekly Modules are:
1. Introduction to Social Psychology
2. Social Cognition
3. Social Influence
4. Behaviour in Groups
5. Social Representations Theory
6. Discursive Psychology
Specific Course RequirementsAssignments are submitted via Turnitin
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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 Assessment Weighting Hurdle Requirement Learning Outcomes Reflective Journal (Mod 1-2) Formative and Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4,5 Policy Recommendations Summative 40% No 1,3,4,5 Reflective Journal (Mod 3-6) Summative 40% No 1,2,3,4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsAssignments are submitted via Turnitin
Assessment DetailAssessment # 1 Reflective Journal (20% 350 words X 2 entries = 700 words) on the prescribed topics for module 1 and 2. You are to include a description of relevant theory, critical reflection on the theory as it pertains to real life examples, and personal reflections on the topic.
Assessment #2: (40% 1200 words). You will write a paper providing a literature review and a series of policy recommendations for a specified topic related to racism and discrimination (details provided in the course). This will include an introduction and outline of the issue, an overview of relevant theory and research, and four policy recommendations based on the research presented.
Assessment #3: Reflective Journal (40% 350 words X 4 entries = 1400 words) on the prescribed topics for modules 3-6. The purpose of this assessment is to demonstrate content knowledge; to develop critical engagement with social psychological theories; to apply theory to real-world examples; and to reflect upon your own beliefs, assumptions and prior knowledge when evaluating social psychological theories.
SubmissionAssignment submission, feedback and grades are done 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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