• 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 Daniel Skorich
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course provides an introduction to how theory and research in psychology can be applied to a wide range of  questions that people often ask about themselves, their families and relationships, their work, their future, society and the environment. During the course a series of questions will be addressed from different  perspectives including clinical, developmental, cognitive, and social psychological approaches. The questions will cover a range of issues and will typically change from year to year. Examples of questions that may be addressed are:

      - Does psychotherapy really help?

      - Does child-care damage children?

      - Why do we become addicted?

      - Why do we fall in love?

      - Are criminals made or born?

      - What makes someone charismatic?

      - Can eye-witness testimony be relied on?

      - How do you select the right person for the job?

The application of psychological knowledge to a wide range of settings (clinical, forensic, business, government, sport, etc.) will be discussed and explored using problem-based learning methods. This course provides an ideal introduction to how psychology contributes to the understanding of our own behaviour and the behaviour of those around us.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. explain how psychological theories and research can be applied to a range of everyday and important human problems
2. appreciate how the major areas of psychology (clinical/health, cognitive/perception, social) can be applied to help understand human problems
3. participate and contribute to discussions and class exercises focused on understanding the application of psychology to real-life problems

Indicative Assessment

In 2008, there were two assessment components:

  • Essay (50%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Final exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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Two hours of lectures per week and eight 2 hour laboratories across the semester



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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3426 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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