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PY1105 - Psychology for Social Welfare Practice (Distance Education)

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Available to level 1 BSW and BCW students. Other students should consult academic adviser.

This subject is structured in five modules. Module 1 introduces psychology in the context of related disciplines and professions and explores the implications of scientific thinking and methodology. Modules 2, 3 and 4 address learning, lifespan development and social psychology as exemplars of historically central areas of investigation in psychology. Module 5 addresses stress and coping from the newer, more applied area of health psychology. Students are guided in their independent examination of a fifth area of their choice. Emphasises analysis and synthesis of information, conceptual thinking, reflective learning and acquisition of sufficient knowledge to provide a basis for understanding. Provides some scope for application of knowledge and understanding to daily and professional life. While primarily targeting community welfare students, the subject is of interest to other students seeking an introduction to the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the nature of psychology as both a scientific discipline which studies behaviour in a diversity of fields from varied theoretical perspectives and as a similarly diverse profession which applies this knowledge;
  • facilitate students independent study of a topic of their choice via a modified problem-based approach;
  • guide study in four major areas of psychological enquiry.
PY1001 and PY1002 and PY1003 and PY1101 and PY1102 and PY1104


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandPrinted materials
Assessment: assignments (50%); four (4) online quizzes (1 x20% & 3 x 10%) (50%).

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.