PSYCHOL 6506OL - Social Psychology
Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2022
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 What cognitive processes are involved in prejudice and discrimination? What are the factors that influence a person?s likelihood to identify with a particular group? How do we talk about racism? These are some of the questions that social psychologists are interested in exploring. In this course you will learn about topics central to contemporary research in social psychology, examining the principles and processes that enable us to understand human social behaviour. You will learn about social cognition approaches, processes of social influence, behaviour in groups, and theories of social thinking and ideology. Through critical examination of these topics, you will be introduced to four different levels of analysis in social psychology, which will provide you with a broad understanding of the range of epistemological traditions that underpin social psychological research.
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
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)
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 ResourcesThis is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content, readings, assessments and to engage in online tutorials. All required readings, including the online text-books, will be provided within course modules. If you wish to also purchase hard copies of the textbooks, please find the details below, in ‘Recommended Resources’.
Recommended ResourcesAugoustinos, M., Walker, I. & Donaghue, N. (2014). Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction (3rd edition)
Passer, M. W. & Smith. R. E. (2019). Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour. McGraw-Hill Education: Australia.
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 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% 1800 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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