Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Society and Psychology Capstone B

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

Course Coordinator: Belinda Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: 99258280

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.39

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HUSO2391 Society and Psychology Capstone A

Course Description

The Capstone course sequence (Capstone A and Capstone B) provides an opportunity for you to prepare for, and reflect on, your transition from university into your future professional career.

The sequence is designed to provide you with experience in the application and development of, and critical reflection on 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, in light of your own professional skills, ideas and values.

In the Part B of this Capstone you will write up your critical reflections based on your field notes on psychological professional practice contexts under supervision, based on your placement experience in Part A. This will be a fully researched academic document, comprising a literature review of other people working in or investigating your area of inquiry, a brief methodological section that reflects on your own immersive experience and how this kind of WIL placement provides depth of learning in a Psychology degree program, a discussion of your placement and the results of your investigative practice, recommendations for future engagement, and reference list.

The course provides an opportunity for you to more deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in the field, focusing on your own emerging professional identity in the context of professional psychological practice. Your placement experience will provide the basis whereby you are now able to respond to a problem, need or industry issue. In the large critical reflective assessment piece you will synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Investigate and describe a specific field of professional practice within the broader psychological and social contexts;
  • Analyse and evaluate an aspect of organisational life and work in psychological professional practice;
  • Reflect on how you applied judgment and decision making in your work on placement, and articulate what good ethical practice is in the context of your profession;
  • Synthesise your knowledge and experience of professional practice with the skills and knowledge gained through the study of your discipline.

In this course you will develop 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.
  • Work professionally, ethically and effectively with others from diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts.
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public and government agencies.
  • Design, conduct and critically evaluate evidenced-based ethical research projects in the psychological and social sciences.

Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and act in professionalized settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include interactive workshop activities focusing on 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 and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

In these workshops and other forums you will be supported in writing up your research essay based on your WIL experience. This research essay component will incorporate skills around research planning and design, reflective data analysis, essay planning, and the preparation, editing and writing of your capstone essay.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or core textbook and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of presentations, individual and group participation as well as a research report. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


You will be 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 coordinator 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


Assessment Tasks:


This is the second course in the Capstone sequence.  In this course the assessment tasks are a continuation of those in the first course in the Capstone sequence and vary according to the option (placement or research project) you undertake.  The option must be carried across both courses.


The Capstone B course has three assessment tasks, centring on the large essay (assessment 2) that you will write based on the reflective journal you kept during your WIL placement. In the event that you have been involved in an external research project there may be the opportunity to base your Capstone B essay on this, but this needs to have been approved by your Capstone supervisor.

  1. Essay Introduction and outline. [10%]
  1. Write up your critical reflective research essay comprising a literature review of similar workplace auto-ethnographies and methodological reflections, description of work placement, analysis and findings of placement experience, and a conclusion that draws it all together. [70%]
  1. Final presentation on your placement and findings. [20%]