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PSYC2017: Personality and Social Psychology

2024 unit information

All of us observe our social worlds and try to understand why people behave, think, and feel as they do. In this unit you will study a number of influential theories, philosophical and empirical approaches in Personality and Social Psychology. You will examine key topics in the scientific assessment of personality, attitudes and emotions, including an introduction to psychometric testing (e. g. , validity and reliability) in Personality and Social Psychology. Specifically, in the Personality component you will be exposed to conceptual analysis and will be expected to examine critically theories from the Social Cognitive and Psychometric traditions. In the Social Psychology component you will examine salient social constructs such as social influence, the causes of prejudice and possible reduction strategies, and explore how cognitive processes affect social judgment and behaviour. In this unit you will develop a broad understanding of the leading theories and research in the areas of Personality and Social Psychology.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Psychology Academic Operations

Code PSYC2017
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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PSYC1001
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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PSYC2013 or PSYC2014
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop an understanding of the key concepts in two foundational areas of psychology – personality and social psychology
  • LO2. apply key concepts to critique various theories and research practices in personality and social psychology
  • LO3. demonstrate and use the principles of scientific measurement in personality and social psychology and apply the APA style of scientific writing to the generation of a research report
  • LO4. construct and create scientific information that can be communicated both orally and through written work
  • LO5. find, analyse and judge information for its reliability and significance for the disciplines of personality and social psychology
  • LO6. engage in group discussions to identify, recognise and debate the strengths and limitations in the various approaches used by personality and social psychologists.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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