None of us, as human beings, function in isolation - we exist in a complex matrix of psychological and social interactions with others, and these interactions clearly shape the ways in which we behave in a myriad of circumstances. In some instances the link between our psycho-social environments and our behaviours is straight-forward and self-evident. Moreover brain processes and the biological constraints on behaviour are vital in discerning human behaviour and behavioural pathology. Often, the interactions between behaviour, brain and environment are not quite so simple, and this gives rise to some of the most fascinating questions in psychology. Heredity and behaviour - is behaviour hardwired, are people born bad? Phineas Gage lost the entire front of his brain: he survived but it changed his behaviour - what does brain damage tell us about brain function and human behaviour? In two minds - what happens to behaviour when the pathway between the two brain hemispheres is cut? Brain plasticity - can different parts of the brain assume new behavioural roles if other areas are damaged? How does group membership explain differences in individual behaviour? Understanding pathological behaviour. The unique psycho-social contexts in which we grow up and live has a profound influence on human behaviour and ANUC1134 explores that context in an attempt to answer these and many more questions. The course is structured around the areas of biological psychology, social psychology and personality, though it attempts to integrate these so far as possible to address our basic understanding about how people behave and feel in the complex and dynamic world around them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe key theories and topics in social psychology including humans as social animals, social norms, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice.
- Describe key models of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, and biological models.
- Describe the structural components of the brain, and biological mechanism and how they relate to elements of human behaviour and behavioural disorders.
- Understand and critically analyse theoretical and empirical material in social, personality and biological psychology.
- Develop the ability to integrate information from multiple (sometimes conflicting) sources, construct a logical argument and effectively communicate it through writing, either in the fields of biological, social, or personality psychology, in the form of a research essay.
Other InformationCourse Contact: Dr Rebecca Cross
T: 02 61250982
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Laboratory Quizzes – 20% (LO 1-3)
- Research Essay – 35% (LO 5)
- Research Participation – 5% (LO 4)
- Final Exam – 40% (LO 1-3, 5)
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Workload160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
- 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities.
- 85 hours of supported and independent student work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsBurton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. Psychology: latest Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9023||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||08 Nov 2019||In Person||N/A|