Social psychology, decision making, 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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- 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.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- 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
- Group behaviour
- Applied social psychology
- 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
- 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.
To be advised
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.