Current Topics in Social Psychology

Subject PSYC40002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Thirty-six hours of lectures and/or seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required for this subject
Corequisites: No corequisites are required for this subject
Recommended Background Knowledge: An accredited psychology major sequence
Non Allowed Subjects: There are no non allowed subject
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Yoshihisa Kashima



12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to cover recent theoretical and empirical developments in social psychology, to provide students with an opportunity to examine up-to-date research critically, and to develop new research ideas. Topics will be selected from social cognition, attitudes, self and identity, personality and individual differences, interpersonal and group processes, social networks, and also applications of social psychology.


The subject aims to:

  • give a critical account of some of the current topical areas in personality and social psychology
  • derive testable predictions from current theories of personality and social psychology
  • assess the adequacy of current theories in personality and social psychology in relation to empirical findings
  • summarise data in a way that is appropriate to the empirical text of current theories in personality and social psychology, and
  • communicate clearly theoretical and practical implications the theories and empirical findings in personality and social psychology

A take-home examination of no more than 3000 words made up of essay questions set by lecturers involved in the subject (100%).

Hurdle requirements: 80% attendance and a satisfactory 30-minute class presentation. In case of failure to meet the hurdle requirements, additional work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.

Prescribed Texts: There are no prescribed texts
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

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 have a greater ability to: critically appraise current knowledge and its internal structure; critically evaluate the methods used to acquire the current knowledge; critically analyse the current knowledge within a larger socio-historical and intellectual context; appropriately interpret empirical data in light of the current knowledge and methodological consideration; constructively plan a theoretical and empirical research project to advance knowledge.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology

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