Course Title: Psychology of Social Life

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology of Social Life

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1072

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1072

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

BESC1393

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1393

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Mervyn Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email: merv.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.08


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None

 


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the discipline of social psychology: the scientific study of the ways in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the real or implied presence of others. You will examine key topic areas  ranging from the self, to interpersonal relations and group processes. Major research methodologies will also be explored. A significant component of the course will be the application of social psychological theory to your own experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

 

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the parameters of social psychology as a sub-discipline.
  2. Demonstrate in an applied context a systematic understanding of the behaviour of the individual in social interaction.
  3. Critically discuss explanations for the occurrence of certain kinds of social behaviour.
  4. Review the principal research methods used in social psychology.
  5. Apply social psychological principles to an analysis of specific social problems and issues.
  6. Investigate and present information in a range of media and fora


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities associated with this course include lectures and tutorial activities. Lectures are designed to help you acquire a theoretical framework of social psychological knowledge.  The tutorials and tutorial tasks enable you to engage in synthesis, critical analysis and further exploration of the lecture material, forging practical links to your particular areas of interest. Emphasis is on collaborative learning and you are required to play an active role in tutorial activities.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 39 per semester comprising lectures, tutorials, and online activities.

Learner Directed Hours: 78 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.   A combination of text books, databases and other online reference material will be used and you are encouraged to make use of electronic databases of psychological articles and other relevant material available on the “world wide web.”  Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops.Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A Library Subject Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/psychology


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Tutorial Tasks  (x5)

Weighting  5% x 5 = 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 6 

Assessment Task 2: Project

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 6  

 

Assessment Task 3: Essay

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Assessment 4: Exam  

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

 

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.