Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

Course code PSYC3600Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Organisations are collections of people comprising different social groups (e.g., in universities there are students, lecturers, administrators, librarians, etc.).
In order to be successful, it is important that these groups contain the right sorts of people, who compete or cooperate with one another appropriately, and make effective decisions.
This course looks at the ways that social psychology has been applied to understanding human behaviour in organisations. The course also deals with the discipline of organisational psychology. Issues that are covered may include intergroup relations in the workplace, communication, leadership and power, and organisational change.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesThis course will:
1. Introduce classic and contemporary theories and evidence in social and organisational psychology.
2. Develop the academic ability to report and discuss social and organizational psychology in both written and oral formats in a clear and concise manner and using a professional style.
3. Develop the academic ability to critically evaluate theory and evidence in social and organisational psychology.
4. Provide an opportunity to apply social and organisational psychology to 'real-life' situations.
5. Encourage logical, original, and creative thinking in relation to social and organisational psychology.
ContentLectures are divided into two strands: social psychology and organisational psychology.
The social component builds on the intermediate level unit on social psychology in PSYC2600 Personality and Social Psychology(which is assumed knowledge) and will concentrate on applications of social psychology, especially in the workplace. Specific topics that may be included are: applying social psychology to real-life problems, intergroup conflict in the workplace, and stereotyping in the workplace. The discussion of organisational psychology may include an analysis of perceptions and attributions, team dynamics, communication, rewards, conflict, and stress in the workplace.
The course forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Related Courses
PSYC3001, PSYC3301, PSYC3500
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3100
TransitionStudents who have completed PSYC3100 will not be required to complete PSYC3600.
PYSC3600 is not to count with PSYC3100.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalA final exam based on material from the lectures and labs and some readings
Presentations - GroupOral presentation/s for both the organisational strand and the social strand
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC3600