Applied Social Psychology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applied Social Psychology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Applied Social Psychology is concerned with the application of social psychological knowledge, theories, methods, and research findings to the understanding and solution of social problems. Such problems may relate to or include: consumer behaviour, social attitudes and attitude change, people and the legal system, intergroup prejudice and discrimination, aggression and violence in the community, and the impact of the environment on social behaviour. The course aims to tackle a few selected issues in some depth. The approach is student-centred, with an emphasis on small group activity and collaboration.
    Course Introduction
    Students enrolling in 3022PSY Applied Social Psychology have completed at least one course in social psychology. The aim of 3022PSY is to extend students' understanding of what behaviours people display in selected social situations, and why they do so. Rather than focusing on the breadth of the field, this course addresses a limited number of topics and treats them in some depth. Further, the emphasis is on interventions and treatments that might be applied in real-world situations.
    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to help you enhance your understanding of what behaviours people display in selected social situations, and why they do so. To answer these questions, the approach taken is very theory and 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 several selected areas of Social Psychology, you will further develop your ability to carry out a piece of research on a social psychological phenomenon. In addition, if you intend to apply your psychological knowledge 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 behaviour.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Define and describe concepts, major theories and research findings in several selected areas within social psychology.
    2 Apply this knowledge to the analysis of real life social situations in order to construct appropriate solutions or interventions.
    3 Critically evaluate, integrate and synthesise research findings in the selected areas in order to identify researchable questions and to develop creative methods for answering them.
    4 Design research projects that incorporate accepted ethical standards.
    5 Effectively communicate in both oral and written formats.
    6 Work collaboratively with other members in the social psychology arena to analyse and solve problems.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Guided discussion with peers
    Class involvement


    Presentation - technical or professional
    Group Oral Presentation


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Mid-semester examination


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final examination


Course Disclaimer

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.