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

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 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

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.41% 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: Red button feedback
Feedback
Large amount of assignment work
Recommendation
Reduction in assessment items/ workload
Action Taken
Assessments restructured: 2 written assessments and two online quizzes.
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Assessments did not connect well to unit material
Recommendation
Realignment of assessments to better reflect key issues
Action Taken
Assessments were restructured to better reflect the course content
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Lecture PowerPoint slides were dull
Recommendation
Enhanced slide presentation
Action Taken
Slides were enhanced
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Textbook hard to read/understand
Recommendation
Alter textbook to reflect mainstream approach
Action Taken
New textbook presented alongside supplementary readings from the perspective of Indigenous Australians, people experiencing a disability, the online environment and LGBTQI perspectives.
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Lectures not posted at consistent times
Recommendation
Lectures should be posted once a week at set times - or in advance where possible
Action Taken
Lectures were posted at consistent times each week.
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Discussion threads cut-off week-by-week
Recommendation
One on-going discussion thread should be maintained for the whole course
Action Taken
One on-going discussion thread maintained for the whole course.
Source: Red button feedback
Feedback
Tutorials not well structured
Recommendation
Alternative to tutorial session should be considered
Action Taken
Tutorials were offered as optional drop in sessions each week alternating day/night time slots.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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