• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is not offered in 2018

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the psychology of interdependence, categorization and the cognitive, attitudinal and behavioural consequences of the social psychology of group life, including interdependence and categorization.
  2. Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating how social identify and self-categorization process affect the pattern and progression of group life.
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth 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, show an appreciation for the role and value of the theory of social psychology.
  4. Critically think about the nature and practices of social-psychological research.
  5. Develop the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate through written analysis and interpretation via a social-psychological research report detailing the three key components (Introduction, Method & Results), and complete a Human Research Ethics Application

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Written in-class laboratory exercises - 22.5% in total (LO 1-5)
  • 5000-word research report reviewing a given area of social psychological literature 37.5% (LO 2-5)
  • Final exam 40% (LO 1-4)

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There will be two hours of lectures per week, plus four three-hour laboratory classes.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Applied Psychology. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC3002.

Prescribed Texts

The essential readings are prescribed journal articles.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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