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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
Readings for the applied psychology module will be provided via Blackboard/eReserve
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.
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- 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.