PSY203 Social Psychology (8)

Social Psychology looks at the influences of society, groups and interpersonal relationships on the individual, and the individual's location within society. It provides the framework for analysis of the processes and forces we experience in our daily existence as individuals in society. This subject highlights the classic studies that have had a formative impact on Social Psychology and considers the growing body of work which critiques many of these classic studies. It also engages with the continuing debate within Social Psychology about how relevant social psychological theories are to an understanding of, and solution for, modern social problems and issues, including those relevant to Indigenous Australians.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY203. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge
PSY101 and PSY102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major theories within Social Psychology, and an awareness of their applications in everyday life
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the wide range of research methodologies and techniques used in Social Psychology
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with some of Social Psychology's fundamental issues and controversies
  • be able to demonstrate skills in critical evaluation of previous research and theoretical positions via assessments, including a written assignment related to Australian Indigenous Issues


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The history and future of social psychology
  • The varied ways in which research is conducted in social psychology
  • Social influence: conformity and obedience
  • Self-schemas and gender stereotyping
  • Perspectives on aggression
  • Prejudice and discrimination, including prejudice and discrimination in relation to Indigenous Australians


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.