• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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In this course, students engage in advanced, in-depth explorations of various aspects of the social psychology of groups and group life. Students will engage in depth in the analysis of the social and psychological process of social categorization into groups, the interdependencies between individuals and groups, and the cognitive, attitudinal and behavioural consequences of both social categorization and social interdependence. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to examine current understandings of group interactions (e.g., deviance, norms, & decision making), pro-social behaviours (e.g., cooperation, helping, trust, & fairness), social change and collective action, social influence, and stereotyping and prejudice. The course, itself, strongly integrates theory with laboratory and field data, allowing students to gain a solid understanding of advanced, contemporary insights into a range of social behaviours.

A key feature of this course is its emphasis on the importance of theory in developing an understanding of group life. This emphasis on theory, however, is balanced by a rigorous laboratory program designed to complement the lectures, while simultaneously providing hands-on lessons in experimental social psychology. Throughout the course, students will design an experiment; complete a Human Research Ethics Application; and write a formal research report Introduction, hypothesis, Methods and Results. Students will learn key features of social-psychological experimental design, including the manipulation and measurement of variables of interest, scale construction, hypothesis testing, data interpretation, as well as abstract methodological concepts such as “mediation” and “moderation”.

Critically, this course not only provides students with a supported and structured environment in which to gain a deep understanding of the social psychology of group life, but it equips students with a variety of graduate attributes (also known as employability skills) identified as important for the development of a productive workforce. Specifically, students develop an ability to communicate effectively and contribute to scholarship in social psychology; to solve problems, take individual initiative, and think critically; to understand ethical values in research; and to make sense of evidence. Achieving at high levels in this course requires good self-management, planning and organization skills.

This is an Honours Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 the social psychology of group life, including interdependence and categorization.
  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.
  5. Be able to write two key components of a social-psychological research report (Introduction & Method), and complete a Human Research Ethics Application.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes on lecture content - 2.5% in total (3) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Written in-class laboratory exercises - 22.5% in total (22) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. 2000-word research report reviewing a given area of social psychological literature 37.5% (37) [LO 2,4,5]
  4. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 5 x 3 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
  • Approximately 91 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks, as well as engaging in deep learning of course material.

Inherent Requirements

To be confirmed

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

The essential readings for PSYC3002 are prescribed journal articles and book chapters.




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

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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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
3895 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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