PSYC12014 - Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will explore the key social psychological concepts of the social self, prejudice, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, aggression, helping and relationships, with a specific focus on cultural, sexual, ability and gender diversity. You will explore concepts such as the social self from both mainstream and diverse perspectives, including that of Aboriginal Australians. You will build on the academic research and writing skills from your foundation units. You will develop your understanding of yourself and others, with the broader goal of greater inclusiveness. You will develop knowledge that will assist you to work respectfully with diverse clients and to undertake research that is ethical, inclusive and makes a difference in people's lives.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: successful completion of 36 unspecified credit points

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.14% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Adding lectures earlier rather than later in the week would be of use to students who like to read ahead of the course content.
Recommendation
Lecture notes and videos will continue to be posted online each week. This will be done as early as possible prior to weekly chat sessions where the content will be explored in greater detail.
Action Taken
In 2019, lecture content was posted online at least a week and often more than two weeks prior to its timetabled delivery to ensure students had early access to the content.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The instructions for the reflective essay could better support students new to this style of writing.
Recommendation
Provide students with previous examples of reflective essays as this is a new skill for many and may provide a clearer template. In addition to providing students with examples of previous essays, more essay writing resources will be provided.
Action Taken
Examples were provided to students through the provision of supplementary online video resources.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The online quizzes set at mid and end of term allowed students to manage their own learning times to fit better with work and family commitments. They also removed the stress from end of term exams by being online.
Recommendation
The online quizzes at mid and end of term work were well received and support student's learning objectives. The online quizzes will continue to be offered.
Action Taken
This recommendation was not implemented as the new unit coordinator redesigned the assessments which resulted in the quizzes being replaced. Though previously popular, it was not possible to design the quizzes in a way that would sufficiently assess the unit learning outcomes.
Source: Peer feedback Student informal feedback Self reflection
Feedback
Though there was Indigenous content on the unit, there were limited opportunities for students to fully focus on that content for their assessments.
Recommendation
Incorporate Indigenous issues as one of the options for assessment three (critical essay).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Feedback
Online tutorials were poorly attended even though student feedback was positive about having face-to-face (live) interactions with the tutor.
Recommendation
Give students greater encouragement to attend lectures. Send reminders to students of the importance of attending tutorials. Add additional learning resource to the Moodle site that explain the importance of attending and participating in online tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Feedback
Improve the structure of tutorials to allow a focus both on the lecture content and the unit textbook.
Recommendation
Prepare agendas for each tutorial that list 'key questions' for the tutorial discussion that feed both into the textbook (where relevant) and the lecture content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate social and cultural psychology concepts from both mainstream and diverse perspectives.
  2. Identify and describe the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences in beliefs, values, and behaviour
  3. Critically reflect upon and evaluate social psychological concepts, research and theories
  4. Recognise 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
2 - Problem Solving
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
1 - Critical Review
3 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books