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PY4201 - Social Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides a historical and contemporary overview of social psychology, introducing students to the key theories and research methods used to explain and predict people's thoughts, feelings and actions in social situations. Students will examine key concepts such as social perception, social influence, and social relations and develop an understanding of individual, cultural and contextual differences in social cognition. The applied nature of social psychology is highlighted with reference to the key areas of health and wellbeing, human relations and sustainable development.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify the key issues and phenomena studied by social psychologists;
  • critically reflect upon the importance of social psychology theories and methods in light of historical and emerging global issues;
  • apply key theories of social psychology to address global challenge scenarios.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%)
  • Animated/annotated PowerPoint presentation - (30%).


JCU Online, Study Period 81, External
Census Date 23-Jan-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain, Dr Shou-Han Zhou, Dr Clint Knight, Dr Brian Law.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - 10 hours/week x 6 weeks online learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.