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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Term 3 - 2022 Profile

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.8% 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: Peer feedback Student informal feedback Self reflection
Though there was Indigenous content on the unit, there were limited opportunities for students to fully focus on that content for their assessments.
Incorporate Indigenous issues as one of the options for assessment three (critical essay).
Action Taken
Students were given an option to focus on Indigenous issues for assessment 3.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Online tutorials were poorly attended even though student feedback was positive about having face-to-face (live) interactions with the tutor.
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
Encouragement and reminders were issued along with a video explaining the teaching methods used in the unit and the need to access all three modes of teaching (pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and readings) to be successful in the unit.
Source: Student formal feedback (unit evaluation) Self reflection
Improve the structure of tutorials to allow a focus both on the lecture content and the unit textbook.
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
Tutorials were more structured to pick up content from lectures though the use of more structured tutorial activities.
Source: Peer review and student feedback (formal unit evaluation).
The video recording of tutorials did not provide a good experience for students as much of the tutorial was based on small group activities taking place in breakout rooms and this did not translate well in the video recording - the recording could only take place in one zoom meeting room.
The tutorials will not be recorded as the format of tutorials (small group activities) is inappropriate for recording with the existing technology available and students will be more strongly advised to attend tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: Peer review and student feedback (informal).
Students found tutorial activities engaging.
Continue using tutorial activities from 2020 to engage students on the unit. Continue to build on those activities to introduce further innovation in teaching and learning practice in tutorials in future years.
Action Taken
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