PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit examines the factors that influence psychological functioning in a social environment. The unit considers some of the latest theories, research and applications in areas such as attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, relationships, altruism and social groups.
- Students are able to (1) acquire an understanding of the central topics in social psychology and of the relationships between them; (2) understand the principles of measurement and experimental design in social psychology; (3) develop the ability to design experiments to answer social psychological questions and draw appropriate inferences from such data; (4) write research reports relevant to psychological issues in the format appropriate for psychological science (American Psychological Association style); (5) understand the language of social psychology and associated concepts appropriately; (6) understand the application of experimental methodologies to understanding human behaviour in a social context and to the associated ethical issues; and (7) understand how experimental data contribute to the development of theory in social psychology.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Nicolas Fay and Dr Lynden Miles
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/seminars: 2 hours every second week
- Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychological Science textbooks list.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.