Advanced Topics in Personality,Social,Clinical & Health Psychology

Course code PSYC4500Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.
Students participate in in-depth seminars and discussions in an advanced topic related to a specific area of personality, social, clinical and/or health psychology defined by the seminar leader. A wide range of topics are available every year and these vary from year to year.
Students CANNOT take PSYC4500 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC6740, or PSYC6750.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesStudents will be expected to gain knowledge in their topic area equivalent to that suitable for a professional psychologist.
On successful completion of this course, students will further develop their ability to:
1. conduct a targeted literature search to identify critical issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to the specific topic;
2. critically evaluate and integrate perspectives on the topic;
3. prepare and present a powerpoint presentation that integrates this information, analyses the topic in depth and presents
this information in an interesting and comprehensible manner;
4. identify critical readings for the class and discussants;
5. participate as discussant in leading a conversation regarding critical issues relevant to the topic, thereby developing
informed discussion and debate skills;
6. integrate critical issues and theoretical information relevant to the seminar topic in an essay with appropriate
interpretation and evaluation.
ContentThis course deals with current research in the areas of personality, social, clinical and health psychology. Details of topics will be available at the commencement of the semester.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contributionStudents are required to participate as discussant on 2 presentations by other students.
Presentations - IndividualStudents will prepare a short oral presentation and a powerpoint file on a key topic in the area of study.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology, BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons), BSocScience(Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and relevant combined degree programs.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC4500