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PSY3150

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)TBA

Synopsis

This unit presents contemporary theories and methods in social psychology. A social cognitive perspective is used to examine issues such as evolutionary social psychology, self-concepts, attitudes, counterfactual thinking, self-deception and group behaviour. Particular emphasis is placed upon the application of social psychological theories to issues such as psychological health, social problems such as racism, political processes, advertising and health promotion.

Outcomes

On the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand recent theoretical advances in social cognition research, and how these might contribute to addressing social problems;

  1. develop skills in the critical evaluation of social psychological theories, and the types of research designs that can be used to test social psychological hypothesis; and

  1. be able to apply these skills in developing an individual research topic.

Assessment

Multiple choice exam (2 hours): 60%
Critical appraisal of current theoretical and research literature (2000 words): 40%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour tutorial per fortnight

Prerequisites

PSY2022 or PSY2042

Prohibitions

PSY3151

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