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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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Prerequisite
PSYC 111 and PSYC 112
Restriction
PSYC 202
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
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.
Contact
michelle@psy.otago.ac.nz
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.

Assessment:
  • 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.
Textbooks

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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

Practical

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

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 provides an introduction to applied psychology, which covers many diverse subfields that involve using psychological knowledge to improve the conduct and well-being of individuals in real-world situations. 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 Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
PSYC 111 and PSYC 112
Restriction
PSYC 202
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
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.
Contact

psyc200@psy.otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Lecturers: Professor Jamin Halberstadt and Dr Vanessa Beanland

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:

  • Human factors
  • Naturalistic decision-making
  • Organisatonal psychology and personnel selection
  • Educational psychology
  • Traffic psychology
  • Using applied psychology research to develop evidence-based policy and practices

Laboratory Work: Psychology is an empirical subject, and laboratory work is an integral and important component. Topics in the laboratory program are related to those covered in the lecture courses.

Assessment:

  • 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; 25 lectures in total.
A 2-hour laboratory each week for 8 weeks.

Textbooks

Required Reading

Vaughn, G. and Hogg, M. Social Psychology (8th Edition). [Hard copy and electronic forms both acceptable. Also available in limited numbers on library reserve.]

Manual for Psychology 200: Course and Laboratory Work (on Blackboard.)

Additional readings, available via Blackboard, to be announced.

Applied Psychology

Readings for the applied psychology module will be provided via Blackboard/eReserve

Recommended Reading

Findlay, B. (2014). How to write a psychology research reports and essays (7th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia. [Hard copy and electronic forms both acceptable. Also available in limited numbers on library reserve.]

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.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 10-15, 17, 19-21
A2 Monday 13:00-14:50 10-15, 17, 19-21
A3 Monday 16:00-17:50 10-15, 17, 19-21
A4 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10-15, 17-21
A5 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 10-15, 17-21
A6 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-15, 17-21
A7 Tuesday 18:00-19:50 10-15, 17-21
A8 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 10-15, 17-21
A9 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10-15, 17-21
A10 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 10-15, 17-21
A11 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10-15, 17-21
A12 Thursday 13:00-14:50 10-15, 17-21
A13 Thursday 18:00-19:50 10-15, 17-21
A14 Friday 13:00-14:50 10-14, 17-21