Course Title: Social Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1183

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

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

BESC1185

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

BESC1186

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

BESC1372

City Campus

Postgraduate

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Merv Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

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

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.008


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1123, BESC 1380, BESC 1122; BESC 1121 Principles of Psychology
  • BESC 1126, BESC 1381, BESC 1125; BESC 1124 Foundations of Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course introduces you to the area of psychology that studies social behaviour: the way people think and feel about each other, relate to one another and influence each other. The course will demonstrate the application of social psychological principles to social problems and issues. You will explore the extensive applications of social psychological principles to real world problems such as prejudice, safe sex behaviour, divorce, media violence and environmental problems. Theories and research findings are used to increase the understanding of settings and problems in the real world. You will acquire both a theoretical and practical understanding of a number of methodological issues central to social psychological research. This course will provide an appreciation of the mutual influence between basic and applied research. A common thread connecting these various content areas will be an examination of the main methodological techniques used in social psychological research.


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 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • 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.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in an applied context a systematic understanding of the behaviour of the individual in social interaction.
  2. Examine critically the explanations for the occurrence of certain kinds of social behaviour.
  3. Critically apply social psychological principles to social problems and issues.
  4. Identify both theoretical and practical methodological issues central to social psychological research.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be expected to participate in tutorial / laboratory sessions and to work either individually or in a group.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes including an electronic poster presentation, a written report and a qualitative laboratory report. Other activities such as on line tests and inductive exercises will also be undertaken. Your final summative assessment will take the form of a written examination. These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. 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.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 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. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Material will be delivered using the RMIT University myRMIT student on line system.

 

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:  Poster Presentation

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, & 4. 

Assessment Task 2: Pre Lab Activities  

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4.  

Assessment Task 3: Lab Report  

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Assessment 4: Exam  

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4.