Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Prerequisites
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
2 2 of PSYC1101, PSYC1102
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC2013 has been successfully completed
Course context
Psychology major : Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry), Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Arts.
Topic description
This topic examines personality theory and assessment, and social psychological theory and research. The topic is concerned with interactions between the person and his or her social environment including society, groups, and other individuals, and how these interactions affect the person's thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The concept of interactionism will be used to explain how personality and social psychology can most effectively be applied to an understanding of human behaviour.
Educational aims
The topic is concerned with the interactions between the person and their social environment. Specifically, it examines personality theory and assessment, and social psychological theory and research. The scientific study of the person emphasises the way in which individuals differ from one another in a relatively consistent way, with a focus on processes internal to the individual. Social psychology, on the other hand, focuses on processes external to the individual, on how people think about, influence and relate to one another. The topic aims to provide students with an overview of both classic and contemporary approaches, and their application to understanding the dynamic social processes occurring in society.
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing the topic should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical perspectives and empirical paradigms used in the study of personality and social psychology
  2. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives
  3. Critically evaluate research in personality and social psychology
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of interactionism as a model for complex human behaviour
  5. Apply theory and research in personality and social psychology to the solution of practical problems in everyday life.