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PSYC212 Social and Applied Psychology

Social psychology, applied psychology, and human factors.

This paper examines theories and research in social psychology - the study of how people influence and are influenced by others - and covers a variety of real-world practical problems that have stimulated research in psychology. We will give attention to both classic and contemporary theories about these problems and take a critical approach to the research used to test them.

Paper title Social and Applied Psychology
Paper code PSYC212
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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PSYC 111 and PSYC 112
PSYC 202
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
A student who has attempted one only of PSYC 111 and 112, but who has achieved a grade of at least B and has passed additional papers worth at least 90 points, may take the other 100-level PSYC paper concurrently with any of PSYC 203, 210-212.
Teaching staff
Lecturers: Professor Jamin Halberstadt and others to be advised.
Paper Structure
This paper includes components on social psychology and applied psychology.

Social psychology topics include:
  • Causal attribution
  • Attitudes and attitude change
  • Prejudice
  • Aggression
  • Altruism
  • Emotion
  • Self-perception
  • Group behaviour
  • Applied social psychology
Applied topics include:
  • Communication failures in aviation
  • The design of technological devices
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Varieties of human error
  • Stress and performance
  • Personnel selection
  • Behaviour in emergencies
  • Decisions under uncertainty
Laboratory Work: Psychology is an empirical subject, and laboratory work is an integral and important component. Topics in the laboratory programme are related to those covered in the lecture courses.

  • Internal assessment includes short exercises completed in each laboratory and two larger written assignments. Internal assessment contributes 50% to the final grade
  • External assessment involves a two-hour multiple-choice exam at the end of the term
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures each week; 26 lectures in total.
A 2-hour laboratory each week for 8 weeks.

Required Reading:
To be advised

Recommended Reading:
Findlay, B. (2012). How to write psychology research reports and essays (6th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will gain a basic background in social and applied psychology and learn to use the scientific method to test hypotheses in these areas.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 10-16, 18-22
A2 Monday 13:00-14:50 10-16, 18-22
A3 Monday 16:00-17:50 10-16, 18-22
A4 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10-16, 18-22
A5 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 10-16, 18-22
A6 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22
A7 Tuesday 18:00-19:50 10-16, 18-22
A8 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 10-16, 18-22
A9 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10-16, 18-22
A10 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 10-16, 18-22
A11 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10-16, 18-22
A12 Thursday 13:00-14:50 10-16, 18-22
A13 Thursday 18:00-19:50 10-16, 18-22
A14 Friday 13:00-14:50 10-15, 18-22