Social Psychology

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


  • 1 Semester or equivalent

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

30 Aug 21 - 28 Nov 21

21 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
12 Sep 21

20 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21


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]