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PSYC3017: Social Psychology

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit continues the coverage of topics in Social Psychology begun in PSYC1001 and PSYC2017. The unit is divided into topic areas, where the emphasis is on evaluating theories and the relevant evidence. Topics areas include among others: antisocial behaviours, discrimination, the self, emotion, cultural psychology, evolutionary psychology, and existential social psychology. Tutorials provide first-hand experience of research by involving students in a small group research project based on topics covered in the lectures. The tutorials also provide an opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to each step of the research process (e.g. ethical issues that underlie social psychological research, proper practice when collecting and handling data, how to communicate research findings in written and verbal form).

Unit details and rules

Unit code PSYC3017
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PSYC2012 and (PSYC2013 or PSYC2017)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ilan Dar-Nimrod,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
hurdle task
Final Exam
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50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Research Report
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40% Week 11
Due date: 12 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 09 Jun 2023
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Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Presentation
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10% Week 13 See Canvas for details.
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Presentation: If you do not attempt the Presentation, you may apply for Special Consideration, from which the only outcome is a replacement assessment. If you do not attempt the Presentation and are not awarded Special Consideration, you will just receive 0 for the Presentation.
  • Research Report: If you do not attempt the Research Report by the closing date, you may apply for Special Consideration, from which the only outcome is a replacement assessment. If you do not attempt the Research Report by the closing date and are not awarded Special Consideration, you will just receive 0 for the Research Report.
  • Final Exam: If you do not attempt the Final Exam, you will need to apply for Special Consideration, from which the only outcome is a replacement exam. If you do not attempt the Final Exam and are not awarded Special Consisderation, you will receive an Absent Fail (AF) grade for this unit, as the Final Exam is a compulsory assessment.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.


50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactoryachievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Social psychology in crisis 1 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Social psychology in crisis Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Introduction and ethics Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 03 Existential approaches to social psychology Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to run an experiment Tutorial (2 hr) LO5
Week 04 1. Psychology of Religion 2. Genes and psychosocial environment I Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Data collection and scoring Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 05 1. Genes and psychosocial environment II, 2. Self-knowledge Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to write a method section Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 1. Self-motives; 2. Self enhancement 1 Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Data analyses Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 07 1. Self enhancement 2; 2. Self verification Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to write a results section Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Self esteem Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to write an introduction and discussion Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Self-conscious emotions Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 10 Aggression and its reduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to write an abstract and reference section Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Sex Discrimination and its reduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 12 Sexual Minority Discrimination and its reduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
How to present a paper Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 13 Race Discrimination and its reduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Conference Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

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Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. understand the diversity of research in social psychology through exposure to different foci such as the self, prejudice, essentialism etc.
  • LO2. understand how to employ current critical evaluation methods to empirical research
  • LO3. apply appropriate statistical procedures to address a research question
  • LO4. apply APA guidelines in submitted written assignments
  • LO5. conduct collaborative research on a novel empirical research question in social psychology.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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