Social Psychology

PSY70013 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online


PSY70011 Psychology 100
PSY70012 Psychology 101
STA70006 Foundations of Statistics
PSY70010 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 key theories and research methods in social psychology, and adapt skills learned in previous studies to the analysis and communication of contemporary problems in social psychology.

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 evaluate social psychological theories and research findings
3. Demonstrate public speaking skills, the ability to work in a team, and an understanding of yourself and others from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds
4. Evaluate issues of ethics in social psychology research, particularly in the context of experimental designs
5. Apply statistical techniques to answer social psychological research questions and evaluate the scope and strength of conclusions drawn from research studies
6. Use scientific writing skills to communicate complex issues in problems and applications of social psychology to others

Courses with unit

Graduate Diploma of Psychology