Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
PREREQUISITE:1002PSY Introductory Individual and Social Psychology
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This course provides a set of frameworks for examining and understanding human behaviour in a social context. It integrates the social and the cognitive, emphasising that people construct their social reality and that social influence pervades social life. The overriding aim is to develop an understanding of what behaviours people might display in a social situation, and why.
Put simply, social psychology is the study of people's social behaviour in their social environments. More specifically, social psychologists are interested in how people's feelings, thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and goals are influenced by the actual, implied, or imagined presence of others. Thus, what makes social psychology social is the fact that it deals with how people are affected by other people who might be physically present, or their presence is simply implied or imagined. Social psychology is a science because it uses the scientific method to construct theories, and to collect data to test them. The aim of this course is to help you develop a level of understanding of what behaviours people display in social situations and why they do so.
The aim of this course is to help you develop a level of understanding of what behaviours people display in
social situations and why they do so. To answer these questions, the approach taken is very much
research-driven; that is, answers are sought from empirical investigations rather than from anecdotal and
casual observation. As well as providing you with an advanced treatment of the concepts, theories and
findings in the main areas of Social Psychology, you will further develop your ability to review and critique
research on a social psychological phenomenon. In addition, if you intend to practice as a professional
in the community, this course will provide you with a broad understanding of the causes of social behaviour and the skills and methods to assess and, where appropriate, to modify aspects of social
After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
1 Define and describe concepts, major theories and research findings in the areas of intra-individual processes, individual and group processes, and intergroup processes.
2 Critically evaluate, integrate and synthesise research findings in the areas of intra-individual processes, individual and group processes, and intergroup processes, in order to identify researchable questions and to develop creative methods for answering them.
3 Apply this knowledge to the analysis of real life social situations in order to construct appropriate solutions or interventions.
4 Effectively communicate in both oral and written formats on topics of relevance to social psychology.
5 Work collaboratively with other members in the social psychology arena to analyse and solve problems.
Guided discussion with peers - Tutorial Participation 10%/10
Test or quiz - Mid-semester exam 20%/20
Assignment - Research-based Assignment - Essay, 2000 words 30%/30
Exam - selected and constructed responses - Final Exam 40%/40
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.