Course Outline

PSY204 Social Psychology

Course Coordinator:Kay Pozzebon ( School:School of Health - Psychology

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Social Psychology examines the connections between individual psychology and the social environment and introduces you to key concepts in the application of social psychological theory. Developing understandings, concepts, and theories explored in Introduction to Psychology, you will examine perceptions of self as a social being, perception of others (attitudes, forming impressions, and close relationships), group processes and influences, and social motives.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 11 weeks of on campus tutorials, 2 weeks of online tutorials. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Self (adult themes)
  • Culture
  • Social Cognition
  • Attribution
  • Attitudes
  • Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Social Influence
  • Attraction
  • Prejudice and Discrimination (adult themes)
  • Group Processes
  • Social Motives (adult themes)

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
1 Understand and explain concepts, theories, and research relating to the study of social psychology. Knowledgeable
1.1.10, 1.3, 1.6
2 Demonstrate the application of social psychology to individuals, groups, and issues. Empowered
1.1.10, 1.2, 1.6
3 Comprehend and evaluate the scientific method and methodological issues. Knowledgeable
1.1.10, 1.1.12, 1.3
4 Communicate knowledge appropriately for the psychology discipline. Empowered

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
1.1.10 Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including social psychology
1.1.12 Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including research methods and statistics
1.2 Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
1.3 Graduates will be able to analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
1.6 Graduates will be able to demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


PSY100 and PSY101


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback on your academic progress will be available early in the semester. Questions will be provided online with formative feedback given once submitted.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 30%
500 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Essay Individual 45%
2000 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
1 hour
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Social Issue Analysis
The goal is to develop your application skills by exploring a social issue from a social psychology perspective.
Product: Written Piece
You will be required to choose an issue in today's society and outline how social psychology can be applied in order to gain understanding and clarification of the issue.
A more detailed outline of the requirements of this assessment will be provided online in Week 1.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated understanding of social psychology terms.
Appropriate application and justification of the social psychology terms.
Correct and appropriate writing and referencing for psychology.
All - Assessment Task 2:Critical Essay
In this assessment task, you will need to find relevant research and critically review the research in a manner that is appropriate for the psychology discipline.
Product: Essay
You will be required to choose your own topic of interest (be guided by the list of contents of your prescribed textbook) in the field of social psychology and to critically evaluate the literature. The topic must take on a social psychology perspective. You will need to devise an argument for the topic, be able to outline evidence to support the argument, and also provide a balanced argument (i.e., critique the alternative views). The essay must be critical and not simply descriptive. APA style (7th edition) is required for in-text citations, reference list, and format. Be sure to follow the guidelines for the structure of this assessment as provided online and in class. A more detailed outline of the requirements of this assessment will be provided online in Week 1.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Topic addresses a social psychology perspective.
The argument is appropriate and logically consistent.
1 2
Evidence to support the argument is relevant, clearly outlined, and key limitations are critiqued.
1 2 3
A balanced argument is provided by critiquing the alternative views.
1 2 3
English grammar, punctuation, and spelling are used correctly. The writing style is appropriate for psychology.
Thorough and correct use of APA style (7th edition) for citations, quotations, secondary citations, reference list, and format.
All - Assessment Task 3:End of Semester Examination
The goal of this assessment is for you to revise and understand the content covered in the course.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The end-of-semester examination will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The questions will be a combination of factual, application, and critical thinking.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and correctness of responses.
1 2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Graham Michael Vaughan,Michael A. Hogg 2018 Social Psychology 8th n/a

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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