Social Psychology

PSY20016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020 

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

6 Jul 20 - 4 Oct 20

27 Oct 20

Last self enrolment:
19 Jul 20

31 Jul 20


PSY10007 Brain and Behaviour or PSY10003 Psychology 100
PSY10008 Fundamental Psychology or PSY10004 Psychology 101
STA10003 Foundations of Statistics
PSY10005 Research Methods

Aims and objectives

Social psychology studies the processes of interaction between individuals and the society in which they live. This includes the ways in which the social world is perceived (e.g., social cognition, attitudes, the self), interactions between individuals (e.g., interpersonal attraction, social influence), interactions within and across group boundaries (e.g., group decision-making, intergroup relationship), the influence of the socio-cultural environment on individuals (e.g., cultural differences, acculturation), and applied issues (e.g., health psychology, work, relationships). This unit will help students develop their understanding of the key theories and research methods in social psychology, and develop a deeper understanding of contemporary problems in the area.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate the main theoretical perspectives and research methodologies adopted by social psychologists
2. Critically examine social psychological theories and research findings
3. Demonstrate public speaking skills, and the ability to work in a team
4. Evaluate research ethics, particularly in the context of experimental designs
5. Apply scientific writing skills and advanced statistical techniques in the context of social psychology

Courses with unit

BA-PSY1-Bachelor of Psychological Sciences [Hawthorn / OUA];
BA-PSYS Bachelor of Psychological Sciences [SOL]