The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Who am I? Why do I do what I do? Personality and social psychology offer contrasting but complementary answers to these questions.

PSYC2600 is made up of two strands:

- The personality strand examines approaches to personality that have been influential in terms of theory, methodology and practical applications in clinical and occupational settings.

- The social psychology strand examines issues such as attitudes, the self, social influence, intragroup processes, and intergroup behaviour.

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

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise classic and contemporary theories and associated evidence in personality and social psychology.

2. Report research in the field of personality and social psychology in a clear and concise manner using a professional writing style.

3. Critically analyse theory and evidence in personality and social psychology.


The course deals with issues in social psychology such as:

  • attitudes
  • the self
  • social influence
  • group processes

The following approches to personality are also covered:

  • Trait
  • Freudian
  • Behaviorist
  • Humanist
  • Social cognitive
  • Biological


Related courses:

PSYC2500, PSYC3500, PSYC3600, PSYC3700

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010 and PSYC1020

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Report: Lab Report

Formal Examination: Exam (Multiple Choice)

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Laboratory to be held Weeks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Online Laboratory to be held in Week 3.