Introduction to Psychological Science and Society

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Psychological Science and Society

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description
    This introductory course explores the application of psychology to human problems. As psychology is a science, the course will focus on the importance of the scientific method as a way to seek answers to applied problems (including professional ethics and broader value systems). The course then examines how psychological knowledge and methods are applied in areas such as health behaviour and clinical psychology to help individuals to change or to function optimally. Finally, showing the global perspective of psychology, the course examines how psychology can address issues of public concern such as multicultural relations, education and training, and crime.

    Course Introduction
    Is Psychology a scientific discipline? How do you measure things you can't touch like Love? How do psychologists investigate human problems? This course introduces the scientific method and looks at the application of the scientific method to a range of different areas, including clinical, developmental, cultural and social psychology.

    Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    • An understanding of the scientific method and how this relates to psychological research of human behaviour
    • An understanding and appreciation of the ethics of psychology, including research and professional ethics
    • Basic skills in critical reasoning, in particular the ability to critically evaluate theory and research evidence and appraise claims about human behaviour
    • An ability to apply psychological knowledge, including theory and research, to a practical problem or social issue
    • The ability to clearly communicate psychological knowledge to others (e.g., peers, general public), including theoretical arguments and research findings.

    Assessment Task


    Test or quiz
    Online Quiz


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    1500 word essay topic to be advised


    Exam - selected response
    Final Exam


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.