Personality and Social Psychology 2

Subject 512-223 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 12 hours of laboratory classes. [Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.]
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: 512-121 (or equivalent).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Associate Professor Jennifer Boldero
Subject Overview:

This subject comprises two units.

Personality: examines theory and research in personality, with particular reference to structural approaches, assessment of personality, and biological basis of personality.

Social Psychology: extends the basic understanding gained in the introductory subject to more specific areas in social psychology, and covers an intermediate level of theoretical and empirical work in individual, interpersonal, and group processes. Topics will be selected from attitudes and social cognition, self and identity, and group dynamics.

Assessment: Written work of no more than 2000 words (40%) and an examination of no more than two hours (60%).Each piece of assessment must be completed (hurdle requirement).Attendance at 80% or more of the laboratory classes and a class presentation are hurdle requirements. In case of failure to meet either hurdle requirement, additional work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to: give a critical account of some of the main theories in one or more topic areas in personality and social psychology; derive testable empirical predictions from a theory that is expressed in abstract, personality or social psychological term; assess the adequacy of a personality or social psychological theory in relation to a given set of experimental findings; summarise and analyse data in a way that it appropriate to the empirical test of personality or social psychological theory; communicate clearly the relationships that exist between theory, predictions, empirical test and subsequent inferences

Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008), BASc or a combined BSc course may receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Students undertaking psychology subjects can receive credit toward either the science or arts requirement of the BASc or BA/BSc course. Credit for psychology cannot be split between the two components. Students should advise the Faculty of Science if they would like psychology to count toward the science requirement of their BASc or BA/BSc course.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science

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