• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Platow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course considers the psychological processes involved in relations within and between groups. The course will cover such topics as Analyses of the Social-Psychology of Groups, Social Identity, and Stereotyping; Group Cohesion and Norms; Cooperation, Helping, Trust and Fairness; Leadership, Power, and Social Influence; Group Decision Making, Motivation, and Collective Action; and Negotiation and Communication. Lecture and reading content will focus on the experimental analysis of behaviour, and the integration of theory and research.

This course is an Honours Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will be expected to:

1. Have a broad understanding of the social psychology of group life, including an understanding of interdependence, categorization, and the cognitive, attitudinal and behavioural consequences of them.
2. Have a deep understanding of how social identity and self-categorization processes affect the pattern and progression of group life.
3. Have gained deeper insight into the manner in which a diverse set of social-psychological phenomena can be examined and understood by a single meta-theoretical framework and, in doing so, gain an appreciation for the role and value of theory in social psychology.
4. Have a deeper understanding of nature and practice of social-psychological research in a way that will better prepare them for pursuing Honours in Psychology.
5. Be able to write three key components of a social-psychological research report (Introduction, Method, & Results), and complete a Human Research Ethics Application in a way that will better prepare them for pursuing Honours in Psychology.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is arranged in consultation with students, but consists of an invigilated component or components accounting for at least 40% of the overall assessment package (which must be passed for an overall pass in the course to be awarded), together with some combination of laboratory reports, essays and other formal assignments.

The anticipated assessment components are:

  • Online quizzes on lecture content (2.5% in total)
  • Written in-class laboratory exercises (22.5% in total)
  • 2000-word research report reviewing a given area of social psychological literature (35%)
  • 2.5 hour final exam (40%)


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Two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC2001.





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3041 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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