Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Belinda Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8280

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.07.39

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This capstone course provides an opportunity for you to prepare for and reflect on your transition from university into your future professional career.

The course is designed for you to apply and critically reflect upon the ideas, skills and graduate capabilities you have gained through your program. It will also help you to critically evaluate professional practices and organisational demands using scholarly ideas and your own professional insights.

In this course you will draw on skills and knowledge developed throughout your degree. You will explore your future professional context through a WIL component where you undertake a 20 day placement in an organisation of your choice, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect in your work after graduation.

This WIL placement experience allows you to develop new professional skills, and also to reflect on the process of developing a professional identity as you seek out, enter, and experience hands-on what is involved in your professional field.

You will have the opportunity to select from a range of community, public sector and corporate organisations, to be negotiated between you, the University and organisations with available placements. You are encouraged to find your own organisation for placement, in consultation with the GUSS WIL Office; or you can rely on the University’s networks and established partnerships.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Synthesise your knowledge and experience of professional practice with the skills and knowledge gained through the study of psychology in a social sciences framework;
  • Draw upon a refined set of professional skills and knowledge to advance your professional working life;
  • Critically reflect upon the professional practice experiences of your own and others through applying a range of concepts and ideas.

In this course you will achieve the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply professional, theoretical and practical knowledge of the social sciences and psychology to your professional practice and further study;
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical and professional insights from the psychological and social sciences to reflect on the challenges facing professional practice in a rapidly changing world.
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking from the psychological and the social sciences to respond effectively to a range of issues associated with changing social, cultural and political contexts.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive seminar and mini-conference activities that engage group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats which may include lectures, guest speakers, suggested articles, videos and online media.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources for your learning through the course Canvas site. These resources include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, digital micro-credential units, videos and external websites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in the course brings together the activities of undertaking a Work Integrated Learning placement with the capstone task of synthesising your learning across the Social Science (Psychology) program.

You are assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your program manager or the Equitable Learning Services Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

 The assessment in Society and Psychology Capstone includes:

  • Placement Preparation, Placement Agreement & Learning Plan 20%
  • Reflective Blog Posts & Linkedin Page 40%
  • Seminar & Mini-Conference Participation 10%
  • Final Presentations 30%