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.
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:
- 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.
- Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating how social identify and self-categorization process affect the pattern and progression of group life.
- 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.
- Critically think about the nature and practices of social-psychological research.
- 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 AssessmentAssessment 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)
WorkloadThere will be two hours of lectures per week, plus four three-hour laboratory classes.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe essential readings are prescribed journal articles.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units