Unit code: HAY472
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||24 Hours|
|Prerequisites||Admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology stream and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology programs.|
Related course(s)A unit of study in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology stream and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology programs.
Aims and objectives
The aim of this unit of study is to provide fourth year psychology students with critical analysis of selected topics that are particularly relevant in contemporary psychology. Each topic will be covered at an advanced level by an academic with specialized expertise in the area. After completing this subject student will:
- Have in-depth knowledge of at least four areas of contemporary psychology
- Be capable of locating and critically reviewing recent empirical studies in psychology
- Develop advanced research skills
- Integrate new knowledge into their work and community situations
- Develop advanced logical and critical thinking skills
- Be able to think in theoretical terms at an advanced level
- Develop advanced written communication skills
This unit consists of 12 x 2 hour weekly seminars. The subject utilises lectures, tutorial activities, class discussion, individual study, enquiry based learning, blended learning materials, and online resources. Lecturers are available for general feedback and after the completion of the assessment tasks.
4 x 1000 word assignments on four different topics (each assignment is worth 25% or a total of 100%).
Generic skills outcomes
Graduates are capable in their chosen professional areas
Graduates are adaptable and manage change
Graduates are aware of environments
Topics may change from year to year, depending on current contemporary issues in psychology. Topics may include: Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), Applied Social Psychology, Motivational Processes, Personality and Addictive Behaviours, Disorganized Attachment (impact on emotional regulation and later psychopathology), Autobiographical Memories and Self-narratives, Psychology of Music and Clinical Psychology.
Texts and References
Lecturers will provide essential reading lists for each topic in class.