PSYC12014 - Critical Social Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will explore the key social psychological concepts as they apply to mental illness, disability, sexuality and First Nations people. You will explore social psychological concepts from both mainstream and critical perspectives, including perspectives of First Nation Australians. In undertaking this unit, you will expand your understanding of yourself and others, enabling you to promote greater inclusiveness and ethical practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

24 credit points and PSYC11010 or PSYC11009

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2024

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Critical Review 20%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 71.43% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.28% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Videos seen as out of date by some students
Continue to develop video materials, updating more of the unit materials for 2023 delivery.
Action Taken
All teaching videos were renewed for the 2023 delivery of the unit.
Source: SUTE Staff feedback
Some students indicated dissatisfaction with group/peer learning activities.
Provide more information on the benefits of peer-based learning, and the need for psychology students to gain group work experience through participating directly in group activities with their classmates.
Action Taken
Additional materials were posted on Moodle that explained the benefits of peer-based teaching and learning methods and further work was done to show how this pedagogical choice is promoted in the field of Critical Social Psychology. The Unit Coordinator made continued efforts to promote the importance of students engaging with other students on the unit through the tutorial activities and Moodle discussion forum.
Source: Student feedback via SUTE. Informal student feedback during term (in tutorials).
Students gave positive feedback that they enjoyed the challenging nature of the unit regarding how psychology relates to their views on a range of social topics.
Continue incorporating content and discussion activities that challenge students’ worldview on important social topics.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: Informal student feedback during term (in tutorials).
Feedback received informally from students indicated a lack of familiarity with the type of assessment tasks they were undertaking (e.g., what a 'reflexive diary' is).
Review verbal and written assessment information provided to students to ensure that clear and practical instructions are provided that facilitate students’ understanding of the assessment tasks and how they relate to real world skills. Emphasise with students the link between the assessment tasks and the unit and course learning outcomes, particularly how the assessment tasks aim to build knowledge and skills relevant to critical social psychology.
Action Taken
In Progress
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate social and critical psychology concepts from both mainstream and diverse perspectives
  2. Identify the sociocultural contexts that influence individual differences in beliefs, values, and behaviour
  3. Evaluate social psychological concepts, research and theories from a critical perspective
  4. Explain how privilege, power, and oppression affects prejudice, discrimination, and inequity.

These learning outcomes reflect the Graduate Attributes of the Australian Undergraduate Psychology Program.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Critical Review
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10