Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ruth McFarlane


Previously coded PSS2713


Humans are social animals, though their interaction is not always harmonious. This unit explores social interaction and behaviour - both positive and negative. Developing such an understanding of the self and others enables individuals to gain and exert more control over and get more from relationships, and understand the mechanisms of persuasion and behaviour change. Topics include attitudes, obedience, conformity, group processes, prejudice, aggression, and attraction.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand how social behaviour can be studied through a variety of perspectives involving different levels of analysis and varying research methods;
  2. Describe the application of a range of key concepts such as schemata, stereotypes, categorisation, causal attribution, obedience, conformity and minority influence;
  3. Appreciate how views of some concepts of social behaviour change over time;
  4. Understand the powerful role group membership can exert on social behaviour and how outcomes such as aggression, racism, and sexism can be represented as interactions between groups


Written work(2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One x 1-hour lecture per week and 1 x 1-hour laboratory per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1840 or ATS1359 or equivalent


BHS2713, GSC2713, PSY2042