• 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
    • Prof Michael Platow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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.





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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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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
2495 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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