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Personality and Social Psychology (PSYC20009)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codePSYC20009
Semester 2
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This subject examines human individuality and relatedness, the core themes of personality and social psychology. Its focus is on how we are unique individuals but also connected to others. The personality section investigates the nature and structure of individual differences, how these differences are assessed, and how they can be explained psychologically and biologically. The social psychology section examines how individuals construct their sense of self and identity, how they perceive and evaluate other people, how they form relationships, and how their behaviour is influenced by their social groups and cultural context.

A quantitative methods component will be integrated into the lecture, tutorial, and assessment structure of this subject. The aim is to provide an understanding of, and practical experience with, the appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis techniques used to evaluate theories in Personality and Social Psychology.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • knowledge of the key concepts, theories and empirical findings relating to social and personality psychology
  • skills to conduct a literature search pertinent to social/personality psychology
  • skills to conduct basic statistical tests of relationships between variables
  • skills to interpret and draw inferences from statistical tests and integrate empirical findings into theoretical background
  • an ability to apply core knowledge in social and personality psychology to everyday human behaviour (e.g., prejudice, relationships, morality)

Generic skills

Students will be given appropriate opportunity and educational support to develop skills to:

  • critically appraise current knowledge and its internal structure
  • critically evaluate the methods used to acquire the current knowledge
  • critically analyse the current knowledge within the larger socio-historical and intellectual context
  • appropriately interpret empirical data in light of the current knowledge and methodological considerations
  • constructively plan a theoretical and empirical research project to advance knowledge

Last updated: 11 October 2019